Erie Canal 2
Additional View of Lock 62

Part of the story of "Prehistoric Pittsford"
BELOW IS ANOTHER VIEW OF THE LOCK AT PITTSFORD,  NEW YORK.  THIS LOCK CAN BE VIEWED BY FOLLOWING THE SHORT TRAIL UP THE EMBANKMENT BEHIND PITTSFORD PLAZA.
Photo taken in the Early Spring of 1997 when the water in the canal was still frozen.  Access to the canal is provided by a trail that runs along it from Clover Street eastward behind Pittsford Plaza,
THESE PHOTOS ADDED JANUARY 4, 2000 - April 20, 2001   HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM.
LOCK 64,  BIG ROCK AND THE SPRING HOUSE,  PITTSFORD, NEW YORK.
COPYRIGHT 1997    SAMUEL J. CIURCA, JR.,    ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
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Prehistoric Pittsford
Prehistoric Pittsford
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The Spring House, built about 1822 in Pittsford, New York,  is the sight of the discovery of prehistoric arthropods by Clifton Sarle (1903).   In recent years, many more fossils were discovered during excavation projects around the township.  The actual Erie Canal was located immediately behind the Spring House and continued eastward along the Erie Canal Lock pictured above, on into the village of Pittsford. The Spring House is currently (2000) being used as a restaurant,  but development in the area is quickly changing the face of the land. The Spring House is going to be preserved, but will be part of a new plaza presently being entertained.  
I photographed the Spring House during the Spring of 1997 while studying the fossils of the Pittsford Black Shale originally discovered by Clifton J. Sarle.         Samuel J. Ciurca, Jr.,  Rochester, New York.
Pittsford, New York is a town located just to the southeast of Rochester, N. Y.
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ICE AGE PITTSFORD
There's more to the story of Prehistoric Pittsford.  For 1-2 million years,  the region was covered several times by great continental sheets of ice 1 to 2 miles thick.  The ice retreated from the region only 10 to 20 thousand years ago.  Check out:  ICE AGE LANDSCAPE.
"Big Rock"
"B I G   R O C K" at Pittsford, N. Y.
An enormous block of Lockport Dolostone rafted by ice from the outcrop belt to the north and carried southward to the current site.  The angularity of the block shows limited transport--many glacial erratics are well-rounded cobbles and boulders. This rock, upon close examination, shows abundant crinoidal debris (columnals and ossicles), stromatoporoids, Cladopora and a large coral (favositid?).
   Cross-stratified sedimentation is quite evident in this quartzose dolostone (quartz bearing, magnesian limestone).  This rock represents part of the "reef complex" that existed in western New York just prior to the deposition of the eurypterid-bearing Vernon Formation of the Salina Group.
"BIG ROCK," A LARGE GLACIAL ERRATIC
This enormous block of dolostone can be seen along the W. Bloomfield Road south of Pittsford, New York,  near Thornell Road.  The site is the Wm. D. Denise Reservoir. Similar, very resistant dolostone, forms the caprock of the Niagara Falls between Canada and New York State
Niagara Falls exists because of a very resistant layer of rock that supports the falls--CAPROCK.
What do you think this rock layer is?  Read  'Big Rock' to the left.
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