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Enlarged Erie Canal "Empire" Lock No. 29
-- Fort Hunter, N.Y.

Empire Lock No. 29 was a lift-lock on the Enlarged Erie Canal, built in 1841 with an eight foot lift, and replaced the adjacent original Clinton's Ditch Erie Canal Lock No. 20. The lock was enlarged (lengthened and deepened to nine feet) in 1885.
It is located about a mile east of Schoharie Creek and the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct.


Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock 29, Fort Hunter, N.Y., 1955 Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock 29, Fort Hunter, N.Y., 1968 Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock 29, Fort Hunter, N.Y., 1983
"Lock No. 29 ('Empire Lock')" -- from: A Preliminary Proposal for a New York State Canal Museum and Lock Restoration Project, 1955 -- facing leaf 7. "Improved 1841 Empire Lock. Lock 29 showing lock improvements made in 1885" -- from: Fort Hunter - "Canal-Town, U.S.A." / by David H. Veeder. (Fort Hunter, N.Y. : Fort Hunter Canal Society ; printed by The Noteworthy Co., Amsterdam, N.Y., c1968 -- p. 13. "Erie Canal National Historic Landmark, Glen and Florida, Montgomery Co., NY" (Oct. 1983) -- View southeast across Empire Lock (from National Park Service site).
Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock No. 29, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock No. 29, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock No. 29, Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Enlarged Erie Canal "Empire" Lock No. 29, photographed in 1969 -- from the Historic American Engineering Record of the Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/habs_haer/) HAER,NY,29-FORHU,2C-

Below are photographs of the remains of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 29 taken in May 2007.

Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
"Empire" Lock No. 29 -- looking east; lengthened south chamber in the foreground, north chamber at center left. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- north chamber looking east; south chamber at upper right. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- north chamber, looking east.
Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
"Empire" Lock No. 29 -- north chamber looking east; south chamber at right; the old towpath at the left leads to Lock No. 28. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- east entrance to the north chamber. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- north chamber, looking west, with the south chamber above left.
Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
"Empire" Lock No. 29 -- south chamber looking west; north chamber at right. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- lengthened south chamber looking east; north chamber at upper left. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- lengthened end of the south chamber, looking east.
Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
"Empire" Lock No. 29 -- lengthened end of the south chamber, looking east; note the mid-chamber lock door recesses in the center of the photo. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- east end of the lengthened south chamber. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- east entrance to the lengthened south chamber.
Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 29 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.  
"Empire" Lock No. 29 -- east entrance to the lengthened south chamber. "Empire" Lock No. 29 -- western end; north chamber on left, south chamber on right.  

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