The Illinois and Michigan Canal, 1827–1911
A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives
DOCUMENT 50LETTER FROM R.M. COCHRANE TO LEON MCDONALD CONCERNING DUMPING REFUSE ON THE CANAL
February 20, 1911
By the terms of the 1827 U.S. law which granted Illinois certain federal lands for canal purposes, "Said Canal when completed shall be and forever remain a public highway for the use of the Government of the United States, free from any toll, or other charge" (see document 1). A November 9, 1917 Illinois attorney general opinion in part read:
Points to Consider
What had the Chicago Bureau of Streets done to the canal?
Locate on a map the site of this occurrence.
What do abandoned holes generally attract?
Why had this incident taken place?