Champlain Canal Collection

The Champlain Canal Collection contains images of the construction of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, NY. The Champlain Canal is a 60-mile (97 km) canal that connects the south end of Lake Champlain to the Hudson River in New York. It was simultaneously constructed with the Erie Canal. The construction started in 1818 and the canal opened (officially) in 1823.

The Champlain Canal Collection contains images of the construction of Lock # 2 part of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, NY between 1910 and 1916. These images are from a scrapbook created by Frank J. Kowalczky in February 1982. Printed on the book cover is - Photographic Story of the Construction of the (NEW) Champlain Barge Canal Section 1, Town of Halfmoon, Saratoga County - 1910 - 1916. The I.A Hodge & Co. won the contract to build Lock # 2. The company won the contract to construct the concrete lock chamber, the approach walls, the powerhouse, the storehouse, and the steel truss access road bridge. The excavation started in late November 1910. The images in the collection show the construction and use of the cofferdam, the different types of steam equipment used, and some of the completed construction.

Collection owner: Mechanicville District Public Library