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Lockport in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

"Whittling Their Time Away"

 
 
"Whittling Their Time Away" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. "Whittling Their Time Away" Marker
Inscription.  
While traveling along the I&M Canal, workers had some free time. Often, they used pocket knives to whittle items, like a switch, to make the time move faster. They were "whittling their time away."

Find the canal worker who might have enough time to whittle while he worked.

Have you ever used a pocket knife? What would you whittle?
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 41° 35.444′ N, 88° 3.49′ W. Marker is in Lockport, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is part of the I&M Canal Plaza at the Gaylord Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 West 8th Street, Lockport IL 60441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Schuler (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); George Gaylord (a few steps from this marker); Gaylord Donnelly Canal Trail Mile Marker 29.1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois & Michigan Canal Office (about 300 feet away, measured

"Whittling Their Time Away" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
2. "Whittling Their Time Away" Marker
Gaylord Building in background
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in a direct line); Historic Lockport (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Norton Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lockport City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
 
Also see . . .
1. Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area. Heritage Area website homepage (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bureau website homepage (Submitted on August 14, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. The Gaylord Building, Lockport IL. Historic Site website homepage (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Illinois & Michigan Canal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
3. Illinois & Michigan Canal
Adjacent to the Gaylord Building, looking north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Aug. 19, 2022