What to do with this ragamuffin crew in Lockport, NY?
Let me introduce you to Nate, our Trust Tour Guide.
Nate was our tour guide and as far as tour guides go, I enjoyed him. I knew that everything he said was scripted. How could it not be? There was a lot of information to get out at the right time in the right order and so many details to remember. It’s easier to remember a speech than points you need to have in a conversation.
But his delivery was awesome! So let me tell you what we learned about from Nate, our Trusty Tour Guide.
He took us to the locks to explain the locks to us, and then we traveled under the widest bridge along a trail that the mules and children walked when pulling the barges along the canal. Children were hired to work with the mules because mules are known to be stubborn and for some reason they responded better to children. While it is now paved, it’s the same trail that was used in history!
Nate, the Trusty Tour Guide, took us along the trail and stopped to show us the remains of 3 factories that were built along the Erie Canal. These factories were powered by a hydraulic raceway designed by Birdsill Holley who was a genius but was never given the publicity for his amazing inventions. He holds the patents, not the publicity.
One of his most important inventions we should all know (at least those of us in the USA).
I’ll give you a hint.
It was the first thing that interested JackJack when we got to Lockport.
Still don’t know?
Okay, I’ll give you another hint.
Yep! The fire hydrant. Which is hysterical because when we got to Lockport and out of the van, and JackJack immediately beelined to the fire hydrant. Why? I have no idea.
I was in such a hurry to start looking around that I was annoyed that he wanted to check it out. Mom even laughed and said, “We come to the Erie Canal, and he wants to look at the hydrant!”
That’ll teach us!
After we learned that the municipalities were Birdsill Holley’s inventions, I kept slapping mom on the shoulder cracking up. Probably for a good 5 minutes!
As I was cracking up, Nate, out Trusty Tour Guide, led us to the three factories
headed to our ultimate goal of the exploring inside the hydraulic raceway.