The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 24, 1905

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Chicago, August 23. - The old project of building a canal across the upper peninsula of Michigan, from Bay de Noque, above Escanaba, to Lake Superior, near Grand Island (Munising - ed.) has again been brought up. This scheme has been trotted out with every assurance that the canal will be speedily constructed for the last quarter of a century. "It was at least twenty-five years ago," said a marine veteran man today, "when a promoter started the scheme of a short cut between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Some fifteen years ago I had occasion to investigate the movement carefully and found out that there was not a dollar behind it. The United States engineers have never even investigated the proposed route. Such a canal, with the immense locks required to overcome the fall of water between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, would cost as much as the Chicago drainage canal, and it would have to compete with the free locks at Sault Ste. Marie. The project is wholly visionary."

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The canal idea persisted and I believe I can remember it being mentioned as late as the 1960's, despite the distance (about 40 miles), the elevation variation (at least 200 feet) and the fall (23 feet).
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Aug 24, 1905
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 24, 1905