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Canal History Blog

National Canal Museum - 100 Years of Dixie: The “Individual Drinking Cup Comp

Although fascinating, canal history remains one of the hidden stories of America's past. Yet canals were integral to the country's growth, providing the first long-distance "highways" that penetrated America's interior. Their importance was short-lived but came at a time when the United States was establishing itself as an industrial power. Without canals and their ability to transfer natural resources, manufactured products, and thousands of immigrants seeking a new life, America's transition from a farm-based economy to one based on heavy industry would have been delayed by several decades.

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Lucky to Have the Irish 

Posted March 17, 2021 by Daphne Mayer

Lucky to Have the Irish 
by NCM Historian Martha Capwell Fox

During the 1820s and 30s, when canal-building was booming, it was said…

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