Illinois and Michigan Canal
The Illinois and Michigan Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. It ran 96 miles (154 km) from the Chicago River in Bridgeport, Chicago to the Illinois River at LaSalle-Peru. The canal crossed the Chicago Portage and helped establish Chicago as the transportation hub of the United States, before the railroad era. It was opened in 1848, its function was largely replaced by the wider and shorter Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 and it ceased transportation operations with the completion of the Illinois Waterway in 1933.
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- The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor : a guide to its history and sources This vol. is primarily a bibliography of sources about the canal that runs from Chicago to LaSalle, Ill. Historical information is included.
- Lincoln's connections with the Illinois & Michigan Canal, his return from Congress in '48, and his invention
- The Illinois and Michigan Canal : a study in economic history