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After the construction of the Erie Canal, Western New York became the "Bread Basket of the World" up until the start of the Civil War. The extreme drop in shipping prices from $.25 per bushel to $5.00 per ton marked a significant turning point in the agricultural history of Orleans County.
County of Orleans
Village of Medina, Orleans County, Erie Canal
Public History | United States History
Ballard, Matthew R., "July 4th Marks Bicentennial of Erie Canal Construction" (2017). Pioneer Record. 36.