Steamboats in Commerce
A Brief History
For more than 200 years, boats were the economic mainstay of the Champlain Basin. The region had much to export – timber, pulpwood, iron ore, granite, marble, coal – and the lake was a natural "highway.".
The Champlain Valley also received hard-to-find goods such as salt via the
Ticonderoga Baldwin Docks. The Champlain Valley produced goods for export from five iron works on the New York side, and a variety of mills and manufacturers on the Vermont side. Other products included apples, paper, hosiery and cloth.
Whitehall and Saratoga Railroad, Lake Champlain,
from the Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views
Moving goods on to and off the steamboats usually required a steamboat landing and a railroad cut. Wagons and stagecoaches
frequently collected and delivered goods to and from the steamboat landings.
Baldwin Dock, Ticonderoga
In Ticonderoga, Baldwin Dock was a transfer point for many passengers and goods moving from steamboat to train. Small rail spurs were common in the area, although all are gone today.