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Black River Canal -- 'The Little Ditch'

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The Black River Canal helped inspire Walter Edmonds to write his first historical novel, “Rome Haul.” The book begins on the Black River Canal in Boonville, near Edmonds’ summer home in the hamlet of Hawkinsville, and expands into a story involving the Erie Canal. The Black River Canal connected with the Erie Canal in Rome. “Rome Haul” came out in 1929 when Edmonds was only 26. The book became a play and a 1935 movie ...

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