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Towing Erie Canal barges on the Hudson River

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Towing Erie Canal barges on the Hudson River

Erie Canal grain-boats towed down the Hudson River to New York City, 1870s.
Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

Media ID 5886497

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1870s Barge Boat Canal Canal Boat Cargo Erie Canal Family Flatboat Grain Grain Boat Hudson River Music New York Recreation Steam Boat Transportation Travel Work Concertina House Boat


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This hand-colored woodcut from the 19th century takes us back to a bygone era of American history. The image showcases the bustling activity on the Hudson River as Erie Canal grain-boats are towed down towards New York City in the 1870s. It is a snapshot of an important mode of transportation during that time, highlighting both the beauty and functionality of these traditional canal boats. In this scene, we see a picturesque American family enjoying their leisurely recreation aboard one such barge. They are surrounded by vintage charm and immersed in their heritage as they traverse through North America's iconic waterway. The house boat itself stands tall, laden with cargo and representing an essential part of trade and commerce. A steamboat gracefully pulls this convoy along, its powerful engine propelling them forward while providing a sense of adventure for those onboard. Amidst all this activity, music fills the air as someone plays a concertina – perhaps adding joy to what could otherwise be considered hard work. The artwork not only captures the essence of travel and job opportunities but also serves as a testament to human ingenuity in utilizing natural resources for economic growth. This illustration offers viewers a glimpse into life during this pivotal period in United States history when canals played an integral role in shaping our nation's development. As we admire this piece, let us appreciate its historical significance while acknowledging how far we have come since those early days on the Erie Canal.

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