Lock 54 on the original Erie Canal was sometimes called the Berlin lock for the nearest settlement, now called Lock Berlin. It’s east of Lyons, NY and west of Clyde, along Rt. 31. It was enlarged twice, with the final work being completed just before the Civil War. It was subsequently abandoned when the canal was rerouted in the early 20th century. A short section of the canal was left in place and thanks to the recent snow and rain it’s pretty much as full as it would have been when in use. The gates have long been gone but the photos below represent a view similar to what you would have seen when it was in use.
Near Lyons, NY there’s a dry dock used mostly to store boats used by the state for canal maintenance. While some of them do appear to leave it seems like at least a few are permanently stored.
Today I rode the Bumblebeemer out to Jordan, in the Western end of Onondaga County. Jordan was on the original Erie Canal and had an aqueduct that carried the canal over Skaneateles (pronounced “skinny atlas”, really) Creek. There’s also an abandoned lock, 51, West of the village. Jordan was once a booming canal town but when the canal was rerouted in the early 20th century, Jordan lost it’s lifeblood. It’s a quiet little village now.