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Illinois and Michigan Canal Locks And Towpath

Illinois
County of Will.
Channahon State Park, 7 miles southwest of Joliet
National Register Number: 66000332
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: IL-11 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Partially in State Park; See www.nps.gov/ilmi.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 29, 1964):
Begun in 1836 and completed in 1848, this canal linked Chicago to the Mississippi River, thus completing a continuous waterway to New York City and making Chicago a leading grain market and meat-packing center. Commericial use of the canal ended in 1933. It is now in Channahon State Park, and is also recognized through the establishment of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor.

Condition:
There are no threats to the landmark at this time.

1. Construction of mixed-use building north of canal in downtown Lemont. 2. Constrution of public street north of canal and towpath in downtown Lemont. 3. Clearing of trees and brush along canal and growth in canal walls in downtown Lemont. 4. Re-landscaping and recreation of towpath planned.


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