Illinois and Michigan Canal
The marker is located in Ottawa, on the south bank of the canal. It is midway between Columbia and LaSalle Streets.
State of Illinois
This historic artery of travel was commenced in 1836 and finished in 1848. By carrying pioneers and their produce between Lake Michigan and the Illinois Valley, it figured largely in the development of Northern Illinois. Superseded by the Deep Waterway after fifty years of use, it is now devoted to recreational purposes.
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