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Route 98 map links historic attractions and waterways

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 May 2014 at 12:00 am

A new map – “Route 98 has it all!” – connects attractions along Route 98 from downtown Albion going north to Lake Ontario.

About 20 businesses and attractions are noted along the Route 98 corridor, starting with Arnold’s Auto Parts a block off 98 on West Bank Street and ending at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse.

The map highlights restaurants, fly shops, gas stations, an art gallery, gift shops, farm markets, marinas, lodging and historic sites, such as the Pratt Opera House and the Cobblestone Society Museum.

“We’re trying to connect the waterways and the historic attractions,” said Judith Koehler, who worked on the project for the Albion Main Street Alliance. The organization partnered with the Western Erie Canal Alliance in the project.

The map will be distributed beginning today in other canal communities, including Lockport and Lyons. The map will also be available at several locations in Orleans County.

Koehler pushed to have the map ready for the start of the canal season and she met that goal. The canal opened this week for its 190th season. Koehler said Albion wants to connect its canal and historic enthusiasts to tourists at the lake, and vice versa.

“This will be a reciprocal partnership,” she said.