Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Augusta Canal
The Augusta Canal, begun in 1845 and completed in 1847, provided power for one of the first cotton textile manufacturing plants in the South and was the beginning of the development of Augusta as a great textile manufacturing center.
The canal was built by Col. Henry R. Cumming, who hired engineers to make surveys for the waterway. Water was let into the first level of the canal in 1846. It was enlarged and lengthened by Charles Estes in 1875.
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
Location. 33° 28.325′ N, 81° 58.717′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Walton Way and 13th Street (U.S. 1/SR 4), on the right when traveling west on Walton Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceMeadow Garden (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Walton (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Meadow Garden (about 700 feet away); James Ryder Randall (approx. 0.4 miles away); John McClinton Tutt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lucy Craft Laney (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haines Normal and Industrial Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoney Nurses Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . .
1. About the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area History. During the Civil War it was the site of the Confederate State of America Powderworks complex. (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The New Georgia Encyclopedia:The Augusta Canal. Two tragic incidents left memorials along the canal. In 1902 a young city worker, Dennis Cahill, drowned while attempting to rescue a young girl who had fallen into the canal. Citizens erected a monument to commemorate his heroism. Augusta native Archibald Butt, after assisting women and children into lifeboats, went down with the Titanic in 1912. Former U.S. president William Howard Taft presided over the dedication of a new bridge over the canal in honor of Butt, who had served as his aide. During the 1990s Augustans successfully demonstrated against efforts to demolish the Butt Memorial Bridge. (Submitted on August 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,122 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. submitted on July 3, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 25. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.