Erie Canal Celebration Ribbon
Overall: 9 1/4 x 2 in. ( 23.5 x 5.1 cm )
White silk copper-engraved ribbon with center medallion image of Neptune seated in sea shell and Pan seated on cornicopia in boat; Native American seated in boat; printed around central image with "ALLIANCE OF NEPTUNE AND PAN/ UNION OF ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC."
This ribbon commemorates the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 after eight years of construction, a project that would spur development of the port of New York City in years to come. The Erie Canal spanned 363 miles across New York state, connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River.
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