Thursday, July 29, 2010

Erie canal Village - Rome, NY - Part 2

Here they are! Those silent sources of energy that pull the boat along the towpath attached to about 125 feet of rope. In the 1850's those horses or mules towed heavy boats at about 4 miles an hour. Horses were faster than mules and could actually get speeding tickets if they exceeded 5 miles an hour. No radar, just "You covered the distance in too little time" tickets.

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