11/17/15

Erie Canal for Ukulele from the Play Ukulele NOW Campfire Sing-along


Erie Canal; Behind the Music

The popular song "Erie Canal" was written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen after Erie Canal barge traffic was converted from mule power to engine power, raising the speed of traffic. The sadly nostalgic song memorializes the years from 1825 to 1880 when the mule barges made boomtowns out of Utica, Rome, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, and transformed New York into the Empire State.