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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Augusta Canal

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The Augusta Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
1. The Augusta Canal Marker
Inscription. The Augusta Canal, begun in 1845 and comleted in 1847, provided power for one of the first cotton textile manufacturing plants in the South and was the beginning of the development of Augusta as a great textile manufacturing center.
The canal was built by Col. Henry R. Cumming, who hired engineers to make surveys for the waterway. Water was let into the first level of the canal in 1846. It was enlarged and lengthened by Charles Estes in 1875.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.325′ N, 81° 58.717′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Walton Way and 13th Street (U.S. 1/SR 4), on the right when traveling west on Walton Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meadow Garden (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Walton (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Meadow Garden (about 700 feet
The Augusta Canal Marker, seen looking back east along Walton Way at 13th Street (US 1), foreground image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
2. The Augusta Canal Marker, seen looking back east along Walton Way at 13th Street (US 1), foreground
away); James Ryder Randall (approx. 0.4 miles away); John McClinton Tutt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lucy Craft Laney (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haines Normal and Industrial Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoney Nurses Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. About the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area History. During the Civil War it was the site of the Confederate State of America Powderworks complex. (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The New Georgia Encyclopedia:The Augusta Canal. Two tragic incidents left memorials along the canal. In 1902 a young city worker, Dennis Cahill, drowned while attempting to rescue a young girl who had fallen into the canal. Citizens erected a monument to commemorate his heroism. Augusta native Archibald Butt, after assisting women and children into lifeboats, went down with the Titanic in 1912. Former U.S. president William Howard Taft presided over the dedication of a new bridge over the canal in honor of Butt, who had served as his aide. During the 1990s Augustans successfully demonstrated against efforts to demolish the
The Augusta Canal , 13th Street locks image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
3. The Augusta Canal , 13th Street locks
Butt Memorial Bridge. (Submitted on August 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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The Augusta Canal 13th Street Locks, canal side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
4. The Augusta Canal 13th Street Locks, canal side
The Augusta Canal ,looking southeast from 15th Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
5. The Augusta Canal ,looking southeast from 15th Street
The Augusta Canal Water fountain display at the canal park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
6. The Augusta Canal Water fountain display at the canal park
Confederate Powder Works Chimney , seen along the Augusta Canal image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
7. Confederate Powder Works Chimney , seen along the Augusta Canal
The Augusta Canal , Savannah River falls just behind the Headgates image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
8. The Augusta Canal , Savannah River falls just behind the Headgates
The Augusta Canal Headgates image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
9. The Augusta Canal Headgates
The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks and Gear house image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
10. The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks and Gear house
The Augusta Canal Headgates, circa 1875 Gear House, image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
11. The Augusta Canal Headgates, circa 1875 Gear House,
The Augusta Canal 2 of several Headgate gears, still operational today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
12. The Augusta Canal 2 of several Headgate gears, still operational today
The Augusta Canal Headgates and gear house image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
13. The Augusta Canal Headgates and gear house
The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
14. The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks
The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
15. The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks
The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks, adjacent to Tow Path image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
16. The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks, adjacent to Tow Path
The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks Retaining Walls image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
17. The Augusta Canal Headgate Locks Retaining Walls
The Augusta Canal Headgates image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
18. The Augusta Canal Headgates
The Augusta Canal, Savannah River just upstream before the Headgates image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
19. The Augusta Canal, Savannah River just upstream before the Headgates
The Augusta Canal Headgates Dining Hall built circa 1935 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
20. The Augusta Canal Headgates Dining Hall built circa 1935
The Augusta Canal Headgates Dining Hall circa 1880 BBQ pit image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
21. The Augusta Canal Headgates Dining Hall circa 1880 BBQ pit
The Augusta Canal Gatekeepers cottage, built circa 1900 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
22. The Augusta Canal Gatekeepers cottage, built circa 1900
The Augusta Canal Hooper Improvement of 1932 Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
23. The Augusta Canal Hooper Improvement of 1932 Memorial
The Augusta Canal Headgates National Area Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2010
24. The Augusta Canal Headgates National Area Park
The Augusta Canal Lock Control, this near the old Powder Works image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
25. The Augusta Canal Lock Control, this near the old Powder Works
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. submitted on July 3, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   25. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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