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Davie in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A Brief History

Lock No. 1, North New River Canal

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
1. A Brief History Marker
Inscription. Lock No. 1, or Sewell Lock, was designed by world renowned engineers Major S. Sewell and Ben Johnson and built by the Furst-Clark Construction Company of Biltmore. It was part of the Everglades Drainage District and played a vital role in early operations of the New River Canal, a major transportation artery connecting Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. The system was operational in 1912 and remained in use until the construction of highways and railroads in the 1930s. The lock consisted of six-foot-thick concrete walls and large wooden gates that were operated by a hand-driven rack-and-pinion mechanism. The lock was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for its role in reshaping South Florida in the early part of the 20th century.
 
Location. 26° 5.678′ N, 80° 13.744′ W. Marker is in Davie, Florida, in Broward County. Marker can be reached from State Road 84 0.2 miles west of Davie Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Sewell Lock Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6521 FL-84, Fort Lauderdale FL 33317, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Davie School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Council Oak Tree
Lock No. 1, North New River Canal image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
2. Lock No. 1, North New River Canal
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Link Trainer Building #8 (approx. 4.2 miles away); West Side Grade School (approx. 4.7 miles away); The First Fort Lauderdale (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Lewis Family (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Tequesta (approx. 4.9 miles away); Replica 1899 School House (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Lock No. 1, also known as the Sewell Lock and the Broward Memorial Lock, is located on the North New River Canal, south of Plantation.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
 
Lock No. 1, North New River Canal image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
3. Lock No. 1, North New River Canal
Lock No. 1, North New River Canal image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
4. Lock No. 1, North New River Canal
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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