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August 22, 2013

Gov. encourages New Yorkers to explore transportation history sites

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has highlighted several scenic and historic transportation destinations and is encouraging New Yorkers to consider taking a midsummer trek through the state’s rich history.

The destinations are part of the governor’s Path Through History program that highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout the state.

From the untamed beauty of Niagara Falls, all along the Erie Canal, and on to the soaring peaks of the Adirondacks, New York has a multitude of historic attractions that deserve a visit to experience, Cuomo said in a media release.

“Our state has played a particularly important role in the development of transportation industries and technology, and the Path Through History program is a great way to appreciate them. Whatever your interests, New York is rich with incredible destinations that will make any trip around the Empire State an unforgettable experience,” he added.

According to the release, the Path Through History program makes it easier than ever to explore the state’s canals and transportation history sites. Canals and Transportation is one of 13 themes that the state is using to organize its 500-plus heritage sites. The program’s website provides additional information to plan an itinerary that includes site visits, and identifying markers on major state highways as well as local signage with a distinctive Path Through History logo to help point the way.

Following is a region-by-region sampling of the canals and transportation sites highlighted in the Path Through History program along with other fun ways to experience the history of transportation around the Empire State.

Central New York:

The town of Rome was the starting point for a canal system that eventually linked Manhattan with the developing American West. There the Erie Canal Village presents a reconstructed 19th century town complete with a schoolhouse, blacksmith and mule-drawn packet boat rides along the canal. In the town of Chittenango the sight of a 96-foot cargo boat under reconstruction at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum puts the scale of the canal’s traffic in perspective. And in Canastota, the Canastota Canal Town Museum brings the history, folklore and engineering achievements of the canal into focus with artwork, artifacts and activities.

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