Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lemont Waterways: The Sanitary Canal

Picture of men in crane basket during construction of the Canal in Lemont, 1895. Photo courtesy the Lemont Area Historical Society. This is my favorite canal—okay, I know—that’s strange, to have a favorite canal. But what a canal! The ambition … Continue reading

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The I & M Canal – Part Two

The Lemont section of the I & M canal was dug initially by French and Irish men who were recruited from Canada, where jobs for unskilled laborers were scarce. Later they were joined by Irish and German immigrants. Irish men … Continue reading

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Lemont Waterways – The I & M Canal

Following a smattering of frontiersmen, explorers, and fur traders who moved through the area, early non-native settlers were predominantly farmers and tradesmen who settled here after the War of 1812 until the early 1830s. The construction of the Illinois and … Continue reading

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