Fun Fact for today!
On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal was inaugurated as New York City hosted a flotilla of boats with a parade, banquet and fireworks display after they traversed the 363-mile run from Lake Erie. Financed with $6 million in stock and bonds and eight years in the making, the canal cut shipping time from New York to Buffalo from three weeks to eight days—and slashed the cost of transporting goods from $100 a ton to $15. Suddenly the American frontier was opened to a two-way flood of commerce.
From the Wall Street Journal.