Today the trains fly through Canastota fast and elevated. The New York State Thruway skirts the north end of town, where there is an exit.
Back, way back (around 1825 to the early decades of the 20th century )the original Erie Canal put and kept Canastota on the map.
Today most towns honor their segments of the Canal with parks, murals and museums. The state improved the towpath for bicycles and walking. In Syracuse the Erie Canal Museum lives in the only remaining weighlock building in the United States.