- Associated Press - Thursday, October 23, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s Barge Canal is going on the National Register of Historic Places.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter in September urging National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to make the designation, stressing the importance of the canal and calling it a true historic destination.

The designation will increase chances for federal tax credits and help expand local development near the waterway.

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The Barge Canal includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal. The system spans more than 500 miles across the Empire State.

The Erie Canal was established in 1825 and development of the other canals soon followed.

State officials say the canal’s non-tourism economic impact is more than $6.2 billion annually and supports over 8,800 direct and 26,400 indirect jobs.

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