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Crescent-Halfmoon trail takes visitors back to Erie Canal days

Frank Fortin’s yellow house and the parking area for the Crescent-Halfmoon Park along the Mohawk River are both visible from the Crescent Bridge as you head north on Route 9. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
Frank Fortin’s yellow house and the parking area for the Crescent-Halfmoon Park along the Mohawk River are both visible from the Crescent Bridge as you head north on Route 9. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
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Walking around Crescent-Halfmoon Park on the banks of the Mohawk River, you can almost hear the music: “I’ve got a mule and her name is Sal, 15 miles on the Erie Canal.” At the spot where Route 9 crosses the Mohawk and enters Saratoga County, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that in the early 19th century the little hamlet of Crescent in the town of Halfmoon was a thriving community. The river, the ...


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