Erie Canal changed history

FILE - In this Aug, 20, 2006 file photo, a sail boat heads east on the Erie Canal after exiting Lock 7 in Niskayuna, N.Y. Ground was broken for the Erie Canal 200 years ago, and when the 363-mile canal fully opened in 1825, it was the greatest engineering feat of the era and one that would change history. (Paul Buckowski/The Albany Times Union via AP, File)

A few days after the first shovel was thrust into the central New York state dirt on July 4, 1817, to ceremoniously begin the building of the Erie Canal, the real work got started.

Stateline resort expands from park homes into tiny homes

Ron and Laurie Slaughter sit in their Pearl Lake Park Model built by Pearl Lake General Manager Bob Severson. Their 400-square-foot home is at Sugar Shores RV Park and will be their retirement home. (Hillary Gavan/The Beloit Daily News via AP)

SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. (AP) — As the tiny house movement continues to grow, Pearl Lake Manager Bob Severson is hard at work building them.

Kinderdijk windmills a must-see in Holland

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, tourists on a boat tour windmills lining Hooge Boezem van de Overwaard canal at the Unesco World Heritage site in Kinderdijk, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

KINDERDIJK, Netherlands — The windmills at Kinderdijk were built in the mid-1700s as a way to clear water from the low-lying landscape of the western Netherlands.



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