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Submitted by ROBERT STOPPER, Lyons

Informational kiosk - "Welcome to Historic Lyons"

McDonald’s of Lyons is the 2014 proud sponsor of “Welcome to Historic Lyons”, an
informational kiosk adjacent to the Lyons Dock on the Erie Canal. The kiosk contains a large
tourist map of Historic Lyons as well as information about modern day local areas of interest.

The map clearly shows the route of two historic canals: Clinton’s Ditch (1825) and the Enlarged
Erie Canal (1850) as they entered from the west through Abbey Park, passed by the Historic
Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum, “locked” near the present day Erie Canal Lock 27, flowed
through the village, and then exited the village heading East toward Lock Berlin and Clyde.

The locations of Clinton’s Ditch Locks 66 and 67, as well as locations of the Enlarged Erie Canal
Locks 55 and 56 are highlighted. Other “canal related” areas of interest include the Ganargua Creek Aqueduct and the “in town” basins or docks of both Clinton’s Ditch and the Enlarged Erie.

A QR Code provides access to information about the renovated 1915 Historic Ohmann Theatre.
The map also provides the name, location and dates of six (6) historic buildings and properties
listed on the National Historic Register.

Tourists will appreciate other posted information: major community events including Peppermint Days, Thunder over the Erie, and Pumpkin Palooza. Contact information for local fraternal organizations, local churches, county offices, and local food and beverage establishments, as well as information about special needs such as medical facilities, rental cars, regional airports, launching areas, public rest rooms, local camping sites, and bed and breakfast offerings is also posted at the informational kiosk.

Bikers and hikers will recognize the trailhead location of the recently extended route of the NYS Erie Canal Bike Trail.

According to Ren Weichbrodt, Owner Operator, “Whether by boat, bike, or car, McDonald’s welcomes travelers from around the world. Like the Golden Arches, the Historic Erie Canal is recognized throughout the world. We are proud to be a partner in promoting that great story”!


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