Preserve America Community:
Lockport (population 15,191) was platted in 1837 by the Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal commissioners as their headquarters. When completed in 1848, the I&M Canal stretched from Lake Michigan to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, thus forming a critical link in the nation’s transportation network. The community of Lockport became a hub for the transport and milling of corn, wheat, and other crops.
To a great extent, Lockport’s fortunes mirrored the rise and fall of the I&M Canal, which, by 1900, had become outdated.
For more information
City of Lockport www.lockport.org
Canal Corridor Association www.canalcor.org
Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau www.heritagecorridorcvb.com
Posted June 8, 2009