The Canal in LaSalle

  This last Saturday I travelled to LaSalle, Ilinois to view the Illinois Michigan Canal.  Proceeding from east to west, the first site seen was the refurbished aqueduct over the Little Vermilion River.  Currently, it is well filled with water.  As I proceeded westward,  there was a well preserved segment of the canal with its tow path.  Next in site is the refurbished Lock 14.    Distal to this is a widening of the canal referred as the canal basin.  This was constructed to accommodate barges leaving and entering the canal.  Next seen is the remnant of Lock 15.  This has not been refurbished.  Finally west of this is a large widened segment for steamboats entering from the Illinois River.  Also, near Lock 15, are remnant limestone piers of the Burlington Railroad over the canal.

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