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This Smoky Eden: 1905

This Smoky Eden: 1905

Circa 1905. "Erie Canal and Mohawk Valley, Utica, N.Y." Panorama of two 8x10 inch glass negatives, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Plus ça change

Twenty five years ago I brought my folks' boat down through this area of the canal. Then it ran down the Mohawk with the Thruway to starboard, the train to port. In pouring rain first the trucks on the thruway honked, then the train to port. I won't record my response.

Canal Boat Carl T. Seibel

There is a town about 10 miles up canal from this location by the name of Verona, where boats were built as well and its supervisor from 1886 to 1889 was named Carl T. Seibel. Seems a fair guess that he either owned this vessel or that it was named/renamed for him.

Try again

2150 NY 5A is a building located in Yorkville, N.Y.

The Skenandoa Cotton Company according to the 1910 city directory was located on Broad Street at the end of Wetmore Street or in approximately the 1200 block of Broad Street. The building has been modified some and the smokestacks are now gone. The canal would have run right along the north side of the building. The newest Google maps shows a Diva Farms and Casa imports businesses also sharing the building.


This photo nicely captures two competing technologies for transportation -- canals and railroads. I believe the battle had already been won by this time.

The Skenandoa Cotton Company

Took a bit of searching. The building still partially stands today as part of the Pepsi warehouse in Utica. After Skenandoa Cotton, Beaunit Rayon took over the building till the 1960's. The canal was moved and the old canal along these buildings was filled in.

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