Erie Canal Folklore

These are stories inspired by the Erie Canal and are reprinted with permission from the book "Canal Water and Whiskey" by Marvin A. Rapp. (Published by The Western New York Heritage Institute.)

The Captain's Tale: A dangerous encounter with "black legs".

Horace the Mule: Even the "motive power" for canal boats have bad days.

The Man Without A Sleeve: An immigrant family is forced to spend a terrifying night in the Infected District.