1791 - Canal Considered
1821 – First Maine Legislature granted a charter to Cumberland and Oxford Canal Corp. to dig a canal from Waterford to Fore River. Survey made and cost estimated at $130,804
1823 – Second Legislature gave a grant of land and authorized a $50,000 lottery (which netted $37,000).
1825 – The Canal Bank of
1828 – Work started.
1830 – Work complete, total cost $206,000. Canal Bank took mortgage for balance.
1857 – Canal Co. sold for $40,000.
1872 – Last boat had passed through canal. From “Sebago Lake Land” H.G. Jones
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
Location. 43° 55.928′ N, 70° 34.616′ W. Marker is near Naples, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Sebago Lake State Park Road 1.9 miles east of U.S. 302, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Naples ME 04055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Appreciation of The Men of Naples (approx. 2.9 miles away); Founder of Steep Falls (approx. 10.3 miles away); Steep Falls Park (approx. 10.3 miles away); Steep Falls World War II Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.3 miles away); Webb House, circa 1830 (approx. 10.7 miles away); Bridgton's Sons Civil War MemorialLimington Maine Veterans Memorial (approx. 15.4 miles away).
Regarding Songo Lock. Songo Lock connects Sebago Lake to Brandy Pond and Long Lake. This lock is the only one remaining from the locks built in the 1830s which linked Long Lake to the Atlantic Ocean near Portland via the Cumberland and Oxford Canal.
Also see . . .
1. Songo Lock in Naples, ca. 1890. Photograph of Songo Lock from the 1890s. (Submitted on September 13, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Songo Lock, Naples. 1912 photograph of the "Charles L. Goodridge" steamboat in Songo Lock. (Submitted on September 13, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 731 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on September 13, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on August 30, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.