Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal

Registered Site S0096

Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal

This canal, conceived at the peak of the era of canal-building, was part of Michigan's internal improvements program which was announced in 1837. The Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal would make it possible to cross southern Michigan by boat from Lake St. Clair to Lake Michigan. On July 20, 1838, construction began at Mt. Clemens amid much fanfare. Hard times, however, soon made it difficult ot sell bonds to finance the canal. When excavation reached this point in 1843, the money ran out, and all work ceased. With the coming of railroads, support for the canal vanished. The completed part was little used.
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Relocated from Bloomer Unit to near Yates Cider Mill.
Erected 1957

Location: Yates Park, Dequindre Road
Rochester, Oakland County

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Latitude: 42.67318848, Longitude: -83.0963503

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