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The opening of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1848 gave Illinois the key to mastery of the American mid-continent. The dream of the canal had animated every vision and under laid every plan for Illinois for 200 years before. As that vision was realized, the canal's commissioners laid out a canal port that would grow into a great metropolis; their fellow citizens patented agriculture and industrial innovations that would make this the richest economic zone the world had ever seen. That Illinois is now the most populous inland American state, and Chicago the greatest city of the American heartland, are directly traceable to the 96-mile ditch that linked the Great Lakes to the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The Illinois and Michigan Canal is one of the best-kept secrets of American hist...
Song i wrote about the I&M canal which is part of the history of my hometown of LaSalle IL. If you enjoy my songwriting please check out my Album "In my Hometown" at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/raymondtutajjr1 The I&M canal is rich with history and the importance of it in transporting goods is immense. However the idea for this canal dates back to the early 1670's when French explorers such as Louis Joliet, Father Marquette envisioned a water route to connect the Chicago River to the Des Plaines river but explorer Cavalier LaSalle insisted they go all the way to the Illinois River at a point which would be later called LaSalle. The Illinois River upstream was to shallow and rocky to float any cargo boats. This proposed route would ultimately connect the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexi...
Discover the key to the City of Chicago's development! The I&M Canal is a 19th century, 96 mile canal connecting the Illinois river and Lake Michigan. Itʼs significance lies in completing to first inland water route from the Mississippi river to the east coast for trading. The canal took 12 years to dig, largely by Irish immigrants with shovels. Completion of the I&M Canal in 1848 transformed a small outpost into the booming city of Chicago. Today the canal is the first national heritage area with many activities to preserve and celebrate it's history, coordinated by the Canal Corridor Association. Visit the Lock 16 Visitor Center in LaSalle to experience the history of this pivotal time in Illinois's development. Book passage on a replica mule drawn canal boat and get pulled back in ti...
"Paddy on the I&M Canal" is a song Pat Broaders and I wrote for the documentary "Irish in Chicago" -- it about the Irish who built and died building the Illinois & MIchigan Canal which started construction in 1836 and finished in 1848.
Ski-Doo Rev 800 running the open water across the channel.
arizona9245 2009 I&M trail trip.
This canal was built in the 1830s and 1840s along the portage between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, which had long been used as an American Indian trade route. The canal rapidly transformed Chicago from an isolated crossroads into a critical transportation hub between the East and the developing Midwest. A 61-mile recreational trail follows the canal towpath.