The Erie Canal was opened on this day in 1825. The Erie Canal is a canal in New York State, that runs from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. Although the canal was first proposed in 1699, it was not until 1798 that the Niagara Canal Company was incorporated and commenced preparations for building. The first section of canal was completed in 1819, and the entire canal was opened on October 26, 1825. It was 363 miles long, 40 feet wide, and 4 feet deep.
The Erie Canal was the first transportation route faster than carts pulled by draft animals between the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and the western interior, and cut transport costs into what was then wilderness by about 95%. The Canal resulted in a massive population surge in western New York, and opened regions further west to increased settlement.
We had a busy day yesterday. David Long was over about 9:30 in the morning and we spent into the early afternoon working in the Christian Revival Center. After we returned from Pulaski the U-Haul trailers were quickly unloaded with all our our equipment put in the Revival Center. It was a real mess. Of course it was late in the evening and we were all tired so we just unloaded. Richard Hensley pulled one U-Haul and Scott Pendergraft pulled the other U-Haul and they had to drive into town to drop them off and avoid paying another day rent.
Everything was scattered all over the place. We were too tired to put anything away so we left it. David was unable to go to Pulaski, but he was there to help put things away. The storage room needed to be cleaned out so we did that first. After the storage room was finished we began repacking things back in the storage room. It sure looks good to see everything in an orderly place.
The White Christian Heritage Festival was a real treat and once again a wonderful success. Throughout the day people walked through the area, visiting and picking up literature. And those attending always enjoy taking part in the Walk for White Pride. I do hope you will make plans to attend next year.
Don’t forget the Christmas Fellowship Conference on December 1 and 2. This is our smaller event of the year, but one that everyone really enjoys. We have speeches, games, music and wonderful fellowship. Come if you can!