may be the best kept secret in American history. One of Canal
Corridor Association's primary goals is to let that secret out.
Frontier moxie, political intrigue, great feats of engineering--they're
all part of the story of the early days of the canal. But the
story doesn't end there as the canal brought unparalleled growth to
Chicago and Illinois and played a crucial role in the development of the
Building the Canal
Building a 96 mile canal in the 1800s isn't easy.
Think you have what it takes to captain a canal boat?
Passenger Travel on the Canal
From canal packet boats to the railroad, the I&M Canal changed the way
The impact the canal made on modern life, stretches well beyond
Chicago and Illinois.
Architecture and the Canal A primer on historic
architecture in the heritage corridor.
Agriculture and the Canal
The canal changed the shape and scale of agriculture in the 19th
Industry and the Canal
Learn about the canal's role in Chicago industrial prowess.
The I&M isn't the only canal in this region. Read more about water
navigation through the prairie.
People Before Us
The heritage corridor boasts a rich ethnic history. Read more
about the people that made Illinois.
Man isn't the only force at work on the heritage corridor. Learn
how natural forces continue to shape the canal and its environs.