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

William Schuler

Mule Driver

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. William Schuler Marker
Inscription.

To George Gaylord
I started driving mules in 1885 when I was about fourteen years old. When traveling from Lockport to Chicago, you went against the current, and it would take five husky mules to pull the boat at around two miles an hour.

To Joseph W. Foster
The mules were lined up one behind the other and connected to the boat by a towrope, which stretched 300-350 feet. I would walk beside or ride one of the mules along the towpath, while a man on the boat steered. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Location. 41° 35.441′ N, 88° 3.487′ 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Whittling Their Time Away" (here, next to this marker); George Gaylord (a few steps from this marker); Abraham Lincoln (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

William Schuler Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
2. William Schuler Marker
While Plaza was under renovation
away, measured in a direct line); Lockport City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Congregational Church (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 & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
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 94 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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