Historic Erie Canal Lock 18


The original 1825 Erie Canal came north through Cohoes and proceeded north along Mohawk Street. The sixteen locks that brought the canal up around the Cohoes Falls were referred to as the “terrible sixteens” because it would take a whole day to bring your boat through them. After the canal was expanded and rerouted in the 1840s, the remnant of the original Erie Canal was used as a power canal for the Harmony Mills. Double chamber Lock 18, north of Church Street, is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be seen from the Byway.


97 Mohawk Street
Cohoes, NY 12047


42.78487600, -73.71151300
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