Low Bridge, Everybody Down…The Story of the Genesee Valley Canal

Saturday  October 20, 2012 @ 2:00 pm—Olean Public Library



Allegany County Historian Mr. Craig Braack will present Low Bridge, Everybody Down…The Story of the Genesee Valley Canal Saturday October 20th at 2pm at the Olean Public Library.

The Erie Canal opened across NYS in 1825.  Its success was immediate and led New York State to becoming “The Empire State.”  The need for lateral canals in parts of the rest of the state stirred local interests into creating the Genesee Valley Canal starting about 1830.  This canal ran from Rochester south to Belfast next to the Genesee River and turned southwest heading to Cuba, Olean, Portville and ended just into Pennsylvania.  Cuba Lake and dam were constructed to provide water for the canal.

Unfortunately, the popularity and growth of railroads ultimately put the Genesee valley canal out of business in 1877.  Several railroads soon built track on the canal’s tow path in the next few decades and the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Rochester Division was the last line to use it, closing about 1963.  Now almost all of the canal’s towpath is the Genesee valley Greenway hiking trail.  Mr. Braack’s program illustrates this history.

Mr. Braack has held the position of Allegany County Historian and County Records Management Officer since 1985. He served in the United States Navy and is a graduate of the State University of New York in Geneseo.

This program is free and open to the public.  The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, NY.   For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit the website at http://www.oleanlibrary.org


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