Though Lincoln could not turn the Sangamon into a navigable waterway, he continued to support the development of waterways as arteries of commerce. One such venture was the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal. The canal would have paralleled the Sangamon. Beardstown stood to gain from such an enterprise, since river steamers would have transferred their cargoes, to canal boats at Beardstown, thus making the city a transportation hub. Lincoln pushed this project for a number of years, trying to force the canal through legislation. Despite the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in northern Illinois, Lincoln and his allies failed to secure state support, and private promotions were never able to raise the necessary funds to acquire land and begin construction. Beardstown's Canal Street is the lone reminder of the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 6:52am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 718875 N 4432976|
|Decimal Degrees||40.01863333, -90.43530000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 1.118', W 90° 26.118'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 1' 7.08" N, 90° 26' 7.08" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 124 N State St, Beardstown IL 62618, US|
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