Not Many People Know The History Of Connecticut’s Failed Canal

New York’s Erie Canal is a feat of modern engineering. Opened for use in 1825, it cut freight transportation costs by 95 percent. At the height of its use, it saw more than 30,000 freight shipments a year. The incredible (and immediate) success of the Erie Canal caused many states to build their own canals. Connecticut actually went forward with plans to construct six separate canals between 1822 and 1829. Most of these plans were unable to raise the necessary funds to even begin to build. Two canals were built in Connecticut: the Farmington Canal and the Enfield Canal. The 5.25-mile Enfield Canal was not particularly special. It’s now closed for use and part of the Windsor Locks Canal State Park. But the Farmington Canal was a truly enterprising project with an interesting history.

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Address: Farmington Canal Trail, Hamden, CT, USA

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