Wyanet in Bureau County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Hennepin Canal
Hennepin Canal Parkway
Anatomy of a Canal:
Canals like the Hennepin are manmade waterways for boats to travel on. Many canals are built to make shortcuts between two existing bodies of water. The Hennepin Canal was built to carry cargo barges between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. It cut out over 400 miles off the river route from Chicago to Rock Island. The Hennepin Canal links up with the Rock River for eight miles between Green Rock and Milan. Vital Features: A canal is wider at the top than at the bottom. The angle of its banks must be deep enough to give the canal depth, but gentle enough to keep the sides from eroding. Here are other features that make a canal work.
The Hennepin Canal Parkway:
The Hennepin Canal was an engineering marvel. Many techniques and materials used in the construction industry today got their start right here. But commercially the canal never paid off. First, it got a late start. Although planning began in 1854, the Hennepin didn’t open until 1908. By then, railroads were carrying most of the cargo between Chicago and Rock Island.
Hennepin Canal State Park
This lift bridge, on the Illinois and Mississippi ‘Hennepin’, Canal was erected in 1904. It provided farmers access to their land. A wheel ‘windlass’ in the center was turned to bring the large weights down, which caused the chains to
Erected 1976 by State of Illinois and Wyanet Bicentennial Com.
Location. 41° 21.887′ N, 89° 36.404′ W. Marker is in Wyanet, Illinois, in Bureau County. Marker is on Hennepin Canal Parkway Trail (U.S. 6), on the left when traveling west. 3 state park markers and 1 commemorative plaque that can be viewed on access road off south side of US 6, west of Wyanet, Illinois. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wyanet IL 61379, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyanet Soldier's Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); In Memory of Henry Thomas (approx. 1.2 miles away); Owen Lovejoy Home (approx. 8.2 miles away).
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