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Canal Corridor Association depends on the involvement of people like you.  Our members, donors and volunteers are critical to our mission.  Whether your a corridor resident, canal enthusiast, or visitor impressed by tourism opportunities in the heritage corridor, please help us continue to tell the story of the I&M Canal and make the corridor a destination for heritage tourism.

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Edward Retz

(1826-1900)

 

Edward Retz came to the United States from Europe with $4.50 in his pocket. His first job was as a mule driver on the I&M Canal. For ten or more hours each day, he drove a team of mules along the towpath as they pulled the 150-ton canal boats. The most famous mule driver on the canal later became known as “Wild Bill” Hickok, the well-known lawman.

 

Many mule drivers were teenage boys, 14 to 19 years old, who had a reputation for swearing, drinking, and fighting. Many had dogs to keep them company as they worked long, grueling shifts. Some lived in dormitories, such as the one that once occupied the top floor of the Norton building in Lockport.

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