The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New Canal at the Soo
Milwaukee Journal, 28 Nov 1896

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New Canal at the Soo
Work on a Great Water Power Project to Commence this year

Sault Ste. Marie Mich. Nov. 28. It is now a settled fact that work on the big water power canal will be commenced within thirty day. At a meeting of the directors all of them are Philadelphia capitalists, which was held in the Canadian Soo yesterday It was decided to ask for bills shortly before the holidays.

The canal will be built to the width of about 400 feet, and to 250 feet as first intended. At the start not less than 2,000 men will be employed on actual construction. Contracts will be let in three sections, dredging, rock and earth.

When complete the canal will be three miles long, about 100 feet wide, and will develop 50,000 horse power. The work of pumping out the upper end of the canal has been in progress for a week, and everything will be in readiness for the contractors by Christmas Dredges have been at work at the upper approaches for a month.

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28 Nov 1896
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.4958317808869 Longitude: -84.3526156085205
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New Canal at the Soo