Central New York Landmarks To Be Featured In National Documentary
Lock 18 and Lock 17 of the Erie Canal will be featured on the PBS documentary “10 Modern Marvels That Changed America.” Lock 17 located in Little Falls, is the largest lock in New York State. The lock lifts every passing vessel 40.5 feet and replaced four locks of the original 1825 Erie Canal. The show will premier on WCNY PBS on July 24, 2018, at 8:00 pm. The episode will be available for streaming on Wednesday, July 25th following the broadcast.
PBS says the host of “10 That Changed America” Geoffrey Baer takes viewers across the country to the legendary streets, monuments and man-made marvels that changed America. Explore the streets that change the way we get around, visit the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, and learn more about the engineering feats that made our civilization possible.
Erie Canal Cruises Facebook page says they hosted the film, sound and lighting crews last summer for the filming.
The show’s host, Geoffrey Baer Geoffrey Baer's Chicago (WTTW) along with Ashley Maready from the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse traveled with our crew through Lock 18 and Lock 17 on the Erie Canal. Lock 18 is one of the most historically intact locks on the Canal. Lock 17 in Little Falls is the tallest lift lock on the Canal, raising and lowering boats over 40 feet. [Erie Canal Cruises]
Captain Jerry Gertz owner of Erie Canal Cruise, Inc says “It is no surprise that the Erie Canal made it on this list. The original Erie Canal ran from Albany to Buffalo, and was an engineering marvel traversing 363 miles and included 83 locks. To this day, approximately 80% of upstate New York’s population lives within 25 miles of the Erie Canal.”