Lockport in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Illinois & Michigan Canal Office
In 1837 the town of Lockport was laid out by the Illinois and Michigan Canal commissioners and a residence-office was built. The first floor of the permanent structure was completed in 1837, and became headquarters for construction and administration of the waterway. The canal, which extended ninety-six miles from the South Branch of the Chicago River near Lake Michigan to the Illinois River at Peru, was in operation from 1848 to 1914. This building, now owned by the Will County Historical Society, houses the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum.
Erected 1976 by Will County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 41° 35.421′ N, 88° 3.433′ W. Marker is in Lockport, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is at the intersection of State StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 803 South State 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. George Gaylord (within shouting distance of this marker); William Schuler (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Whittling Their Time Away" (about 300 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 300 feet away); Gaylord Donnelly Canal Trail Mile Marker 29.1 (about 400 feet away); Lockport City Hall (about 700 feet away); War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Historic Lockport (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
Also see . . .
1. Will County Historical Museum and Research Center on Facebook. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area. Heritage Area website homepage. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bureau website homepage (Submitted on August 17, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
4. Passport to Lockport IL. Town tour PDF (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.