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Buzzards Bay in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Cape Cod Canal

 
 
The Cape Cod Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2020
1. The Cape Cod Canal Marker
Inscription.  
Opening to vessel traffic in 1914, the primary purpose of the Cape Cod Canal is to provide a safe, navigable intra-coastal route for vessels, saving 65 – 166 miles of travel around the historically treacherous outer shores of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Total Length: 17.4 miles
Landcut Length: 8.1 miles
Total Approach Channel Length: 9.3 miles
Minimum Depth at Mean Low Tide: 32 feet
Minimum Width: 480 feet
Vertical Clearance Under the Bridges: 135 feet
Locks: 0 (the Cape Cod Canal is sea level)
 
Erected by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 41° 45.754′ N, 70° 34.324′ W. Marker is in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Valeri Road (U.S. 6) south of Deerpath Trail. Located in a scenic rest area overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buzzards Bay MA 02532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker
The Cape Cod Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2020
2. The Cape Cod Canal Marker
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, measured as the crow flies. William Barclay Parsons (approx. 0.3 miles away); Monica Dickens Stratton (approx. 0.3 miles away); August Belmont (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Cape Cod Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Comassakumakanit (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bournedale's Yesterdays (approx. 0.8 miles away); Burying Hill (approx. one mile away); Still on Patrol (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buzzards Bay.
 
Map of the Cape Cod Canal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2020
3. Map of the Cape Cod Canal
US Army Corps Of Engineers New England District.
(detail photo from the marker)
Ship on the Canal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2020
4. Ship on the Canal
Originally a small privately owned and operated toll waterway, the United States Government purchased the Cape Cod Canal in March 1928.
(detail photo from the marker)
Bridge Construction image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2020
5. Bridge Construction
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversaw a massive reconstruction of the Canal and the bridges throughout the 1930s.
(detail photo from the marker)
Canal Control image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2020
6. Canal Control
Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains the Cape Cod Canal as a toll-free waterway.
(detail photo from the marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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May. 20, 2022