Google Ditch

Google Street View continues its march across the landscape; it now has most of Wayne County in its sights. It’s interesting to look up some of the old Erie Canal locations I’ve visited in the past. Here is a view of one of the oldest remaining sections of the original Erie Canal (aka “Clinton’s Ditch”), which was cut off from the rest of the Canal around the 1840s. This is probably one of the longest remnants of the original Canal anywhere in the state, although there are no historical markers indicating what it is. It’s the scruffy looking area on the right side of the road (a little more interesting when you’re there in person, if you’re into that sort of thing — this is one historically significant gutter.)

A “head-on” view can be seen here. It is much narrower today because of the enlargement of the road (formerly towpath) next to it.