Sunset and serenity on the canal

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – It was another colorful and calming sunset tonight in Orleans County, especially along the Erie Canal. I stopped by the canal and grabbed a few photos of the Main Street lift bridge.

There are only 16 lift bridges on the canal with seven in Orleans County, including two in Albion. All of those lift bridges are between Lockport and Fairport. They are unique to the western end of the Erie Canal. I think they are an underutilized novelty that would draw people here.

(Perhaps the Canal Corporation could activate the lift bridges at the top of the hour on certain days so tourists would be guaranteed a chance to see the bridges “in action.”)

I wandered just west of the lift bridge this evening and took a photo of a boat – “No Regrets, Albion NY” – tied up on the south side of the canal. The barn on the north side of the canal includes a mural painted by Arthur Barnes.