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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.
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?
 
Location. 41° 35.444′ N, 88° 3.49′ W. Marker is in Lockport, Illinois, in Will County. Touch for map. Marker is part of the I&M Canal Plaza at the Gaylord Building. 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 in a direct line); The Norton & Company Warehouse

"Whittling Their Time Away" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
2. "Whittling Their Time Away" Marker
Gaylord Building in background
(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. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. I&M Canal Corridor Association. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Gaylord Building, Lockport IL. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Illinois & Michigan Canal image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
3. Illinois & Michigan Canal
Adjacent to the Gaylord Building, looking north
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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