Our Lives in Stasis


Jazzersten's HDR Blog

As we cross the bridge at Adams Basin (a tiny town of 3-6 buildings), we turn right and pass the ubiquitous History sign at each entrance to the Erie Canal Pathway. This pathway is maintained by the state for walkers and bicyclists and goes for hundreds of miles. More on the sign later and perhaps a closeup glimpse of the historic photos there.  The Pathway is where the donkeys, mules and horses used to walk along towing the un motorized barges and canal boats in the canal to destinations all over New York state. They were laden with grain, produce, products and even stone for commerce. This is why the Pathway is also called the “Towpath”.  The animals were harnessed and roped to the long thick towrope to each boat and as they tired they would put out a plank and take the animal onboard for a rest and get out…

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