Today in Michigan History

July 20, 1838

Canal digging began to link Lake St. Clair with Lake Michigan.

The effort to dig a 216-mile canal across the southern Lower Peninsula linking Lake St. Clair and Lake Michigan via the Kalamazoo and Grand Rivers began. When the project ended in 1843, diggers had gone only as far as Rochester.

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