Nathan Roberts: Canastota’s canal engineer

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., the Canastota Public Library hosts another Canalside Talk. Joe DiGiorgio of Canastota Canal Town Museum will present the life, times and engineering abilities of Canastota resident Nathan S. Roberts.

Nathan S. Roberts is a name synonymous with Lockport and the Erie Canal. In Lockport, Roberts is remembered as the “engineer” who, without any formal training, designed and oversaw construction of the Flight of Five locks. When it was completed in 1825, it was considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. Roberts was one of a long list of men who left their legacy as a result of hard work and dedication to complete what some called Clinton’s Ditch.

Their accomplishments made possible what we now know was one of the most profound public works projects that our nation has ever undertaken.

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