De Witt Clinton
The Erie Canal
In a memorial volume prepared for the Canal’s dedication in 1825, William L. Stone proclaimed that the builders of the Erie "have built the longest canal, in the least time, with the least experience, for the least money, and to the greatest public benefit." Forty feet wide at the surface, 4 feet deep, with 83 locks along its 323-mile length, the Erie Canal was a marvel of engineering, and became not only a prime commercial route but a popular tourist attraction.
Occasionally widened or deepened, the canal remained in use through the Civil War, then declined as traffic switched to railroads – which could go far more places, and weren’t blocked when temperatures dropped below freezing.
Adolph A. Weinman
Weinman (1870-1952), a German, moved to the United States at age ten, studied at the Cooper Union, and trained with Philip Martiny, Augustus Saint Gaudens, and Daniel Chester French. One of his most notable works is General Alexander Macomb in Detroit; he also did the designs for the Walking Liberty half-dollar (minted 1916-1947) and the Winged Liberty (Mercury) dime (minted 1916-1945). New York City has:
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