An idea of the magnitude of lock construction is seen in the first photo dated 1907 showing Lock #3 in Waterford NY and again in an undated photo. Click to enlarge.
During winter, a favorite pastime was skating on the Canal as seen in this ca,1900 photo from Clinton Square.
This is a late 1800’s photo of Syracuse City Hall from the Canal side.
This photo shows the last stop on the Canal in Buffalo NY around 1915. (See Western New York Heritage 1/1/2008.)