Seeds of War Mini-Documentary
In the early 19th century, connecting the East to the Midwest required vision, tenacity, and some would say, a little bit of madness. But New York’s governor, DeWitt Clinton, was determined to see his brainchild, the Erie Canal, built. He got the state to appropriate $7 million for construction, and the project was completed two years ahead of schedule. Part of that financing came from the State Bank of Albany, whose founder, Elkanah Watson, was convinced the idea was sound by his own experiences living in Holland, studying the Dutch canal system. Today, that bank is part of Bank of America. It remains committed to supporting our country’s infrastructure by financing projects that will help stimulate our economy, like a solar energy system in the Mendocino Lake Community College District.