Welcome to the Chemung Canal page! The Chemung Canal opened in 1833. It provided a waterway from the Chemung River in Elmira, N.Y. to Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Steamboats towed the canal boats north to Geneva where they locked into the Cayuga and Seneca Canal, and then into the Erie Canal. A feeder canal provided water from the Chemung River, and it allowed boats to travel from Corning, N.Y. to link up with the main canal at Horseheads, N.Y. The Chemung Canal closed for good in 1878 as railroads and costly repairs to the canal destroyed the canal's business. For a brief history of the Chemung Canal, select the history button below. You can also view pictures about the canal and go to other links by selecting the buttons below.
Look for my book: A Link in the Great Chain: A History of the Chemung Canal is now available. Contact the Chemung Valley History Museum to get a copy of the book.
Chemung Valley History Museum
|This is a painting of the
Chemung Canal in Montour
Falls, NY during the canal days. Montour Falls was known as Havana then.
( Courtesy of Montour Falls Memorial Library)