Canal Links
(Please forward other sites for addition to this list.):

National Canal Museum (in Easton, PA)

American Canal Society

American Canal Society Links Page

American Canal Society Photo Gallery

World Canals Conference website

New York State Canals

History of the New York State Canals (1906) by Noble E. Whitford

Tug 44 - A photographic cruise log of the Travels of Tug 44 on the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal and Hudson River, including pictures of towns, locks, historical structures, boats, tugboats, lighthouses and other items of interest on the canals.

Canal Society of New Jersey

Early American Canals, University of Virginia

History of the Erie Canal, Rochester University

Trolley Canal boats (Low-tech Magazine, Dec 2009)


Arlington Historical Society

Billerica Historical Society

Chelmsford Historical Society

Lowell Historical Society website

Medford Historical Commission 
Medford Historical Society

Ye Olde Woburn

Guide to Loammi Baldwin papers at Houghton Library, Harvard University

Baldwin family papers, ca. 1789-1836: an inventory, Harvard University

Allegheny Portage Railroad and Canal 1800's (Part 1 of 2)

Allegheny Portage Railroad and Canal 1800's (Part 2 of 2)

Allegheny Portage Railroad (20 minute video - same as two parts above)


The Blackstone Canal: Artery to the Heart of the Commonwealth

The Incredible Ditch (Anne Miniver Press)

Life on the Middlesex Canal (Anne Miniver Press)

A Social History of the Middlesex Canal (online PDF, Anne Miniver Press)


When the Road was a River
A story on the Middlesex Canal by Michael Kenney of the Boston Globe

Library of Congress:  American Memory
A wealth of information and images. For example, enter "Middlesex Canal" into the search engine and get ready to be amazed by the abundance of high quality images.

Middlesex Canal Wikipedia page

If you are interested in reading about the "...vast system of narrow canals that connects England's byways and backways...", read “Afloat with Fly Boats and Leggers” in the June 2000 issue of Smithsonian magazine. An abstract with photographs is available on line.

Here's an interesting article on Trolley Canal boats (Low-tech Magazine, Dec 2009)


Special Interest:
Photos of the Cochituate Aqueduct (c. 1848) from Natick to the Brookline Reservoir
Photos of the Sudbury Aqueduct (c. 1876) from Framingham to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (Boston)

Cambridge on the Charles
by Alan Seaburg, Thomas Dahill, and Carol Rose


Massachusetts Historical Commission

Massachusetts Historical Society


Illustration by Terry Pepper -- Learn more about the Wabash & Erie Canal 

Links updated Sunday, July 23, 2017 7:09 PM