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Lockport Historic District, Illinois & Michigan Canal, Lockport, Will County, IL



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Location
Illinois & Michigan Canal, Lockport, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-16-A
Building/structure dates: 1848 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1872 subsequent work
Significance: The Village of Lockport, Illinois was platted by the Commissioners for the I&M Canal in 1836 at which time land between 8th and 10th Streets and Commerce Street and the Canal was set aside as a Public Landing area. HAER IL-16-A pertains to the canal, landing, and structures related to the canal. The canal served as a major means of communication and transportation for areas southwest of Chicago throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. Primary goods moved along the canal included grain and flour, and limestone from the quarries in the Des Plaines River Valley. Other products included timber shipped in from the north, and agricultural products such as sugar and coffee from the south. Passenger service was also important in the canal's early years, until it was superseded by the Railroads in the late 1850's. The canal's presence contributed to the growth of Lockport as a principal grain processing and commercial center. Water power to operate milling facilities and a paper factory was provided by a hydraulic basin situated on the west side of the canal in the vicinity of 13th Street. Commercial traffic on the canal decreased in the final decades of the nineteenth century, and ceased with the opening of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900.

Subjects
Canals
Transportation Industry
Civil Engineering


Related Names
Gooding, William


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. North side of the I&M Canal Public Landing, showing the Will County Historical Society 'Pioneer Village'
2. I&M Canal Public Landing showing portions of 'Pioneer Village'
3. The I&M Canal Office, built in 1848, located in the 800 block of State Street, now the Will County Historical Society Museum
4. The I&M Canal looking northwards, showing the Ninth Street Highway Bridge in the background
5. Ninth Street Highway Bridge, spanning the I&M Canal
6. I&M Canal Lock #1, looking northwards. The lock is located at Sixteenth Street, in Lockport
7. I&M Canal lock. This may be a view of Lock #1 looking south
8. Locktender's house for Lock #1 (ca. 1850)
9. I&M Canal Lock #2, located about one mile south of Lock #1, in Lockport


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