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There are a lot of fabulous civil engineering works in the United States. Examples include highways, bridges, railroads, dams, and canals. Some of those works are still in use but some are ABANDONDED.
When it comes to canals one of the most ambitious and famous waterways is the Erie Canal. It went from Buffalo to Albany. It was 353 miles in length. Construction began in 1817 in Rome NY and it was completed in 1825. With the exception of Binghamton and Elmira, every major city in New York falls along the trade route established by the Erie Canal, from New York City to Albany, through Schenectady, Utica and Syracuse, to Rochester and Buffalo.
The 525 mile New York State Canals systems includes the Erie Canal and connects with hundreds of miles of lakes and rivers across the state of New York.
Today, the system incorporates the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain canals, passing through resurgent canal-side towns and areas of historic interest. The canal system in NY allows 200 villages, hamlets and towns to be connected via water.
The sad thing about canals in America is the large number that are ABANDONED. The railroad made many of the canals non essential.
Here is a list of all the ABANDONED canals in the US.
I did not find any ABANDONED Canals in North Carolina but I did find one in South Carolina called the Columbia Canal.
Here is YouTube drone video of the Columbia Canal
I grew up in Morris County in Northern New Jersey.