Rome, New York that is.
I’ve been here a number of times on business and find this area of upstate New York a wonderful place to be. IÂ and various copilots have filled our dance card with the usual destinations in the past: Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, hiking in the Adirondacks, digging for “diamonds” at the Herkimer mine, etc.
This go-around we hit other sites of interest. One was Ft. Stanwix, a rebuilt Revolutionary War fort right in downtown Rome. Neat history surrounding this place.
Then there’s the Erie Canal. This thing was started in 1817 to create a waterway between the Hudson River in the east and Lake Erie to the west. It took several years and $7 million but when it was finished it was considered by some to be the eight wonder of the world and opened up the west to commerce, expansion and exploration. An amazing little piece of early engineering. Here’s the spot where the first ground breaking took place by Gov. Clinton:
From another angle: