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Rock Falls in Whiteside County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Illinois and Mississippi Canal

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2014
1. Illinois and Mississippi Canal Marker
Inscription.  Construction on the “Hennepin Canal,” as it was commonly known, began in 1892 and was completed in 1907 at a cost of more than seven million dollars. The main canal extended 75 miles from the Illinois River near Hennepin to the Rock River near its juncture with the Mississippi. A feeder canal from the Rock River at Rock Falls joined the main canal 29 miles to the south near Mineral. Utilization of the Hennepin Canal never reached expected proportions because of rapid technological advances in other modes of transportation, and in 1951 it was closed to traffic.
 
Erected 1974 by Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 41° 47.213′ N, 89° 40.605′ W. Marker is in Rock Falls, Illinois, in Whiteside County. Marker is on East 2nd Street 0.1 miles east of Avenue F, on
Illinois and Mississippi Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2014
2. Illinois and Mississippi Canal Marker
the left when traveling east. The maker is located by the upper dam across the Rock River, on the west side of the feeder canal, near the power plant parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Falls IL 61071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln in Sterling (approx. 0.6 miles away); 82 Rods South of This Spot Was Born in a Log Cabin (approx. 8 miles away); Dixon Memorial Swimming Pool (approx. 9.4 miles away); Dixon Historic Center (approx. 10.7 miles away); Dixon Public Library (approx. 10.7 miles away); Reagan Way (approx. 10.7 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 10.7 miles away); Reagan Home (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Illinois and Mississippi Canal image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2014
3. Illinois and Mississippi Canal
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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