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Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 52, Port Byron, N.Y.

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 52 is located just north of the Village of Port Byron, Town of Mentz, Cayuga County, N.Y. It is a double-chamber lock, with the south chamber double-length on the west (foot) end. The lock had an 11.298 foot descent to the west.

The lock is located on the edge of the New York State Thruway. Because of its accessibility and condition, plans are underway to turn the lock and the adjacent buildings (owned by the Canal Society of New York State) into a historical center accessible from both the Thruway and the village.

Due to its location, it is difficult to get pictures of the western end. However, below are photographs of eastern end of old Lock No. 52 taken in August 2007 (click on an image below to see the full-size version).

Erie Canal Lock No. 52 at Port Byron, N.Y. - eastern end Erie Canal Lock No. 52 at Port Byron, N.Y. - eastern end Google Earth view of Erie Canal Lock No. 52
Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 52, Port Byron, N.Y. -- east end, north chamber on the right, south chamber
on the left. The lock locked down to the west, thus the usual three overflow openings are on the east end.
Google Earth view of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 52 and a portion of Port Byron, N.Y.

Note: For a look at the western end of Lock 52, YouTube includes a video of the western end, morphing from the view in 2007 to the way the lock looked when it was active.


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