Empire in all its Glory
Empire Lock Number 29 is one of the 73 locks along the enlarged Erie Canal which spanned over 300 miles across New York State. Groundbreaking for the original canal was in Rome, NY on July 4, 1817, and construction commenced both east and west toward Albany and Buffalo. In 2000, Congress designated the Canal part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is the only location along the canal where all three of the major phases can be witnessed.