The Naples Canal

The Naples Canal (HM2D0F)

Location: Naples, FL 34102 Collier County
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Country: United States of America
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N 26° 7.954', W 81° 47.699'

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The Naples Canal was a monumental prehistoric construction achievement. It was 4,150 feet long (0.8 miles) and bisected an area between the Gulf of Mexico and Naples Bay. The Naples Canal was dug perhaps as early as A.D. 200 by local American Indian inhabitants of the Ten Thousand Islands or by the neighboring Calusa Indians. The central section of the canal, dug through a sandhill with a relatively deep water table, is the deepest Indian canoe canal ever found in Florida. The Indians' decision to dig down to access ground water demonstrates their understanding of the land and hydrology.
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They created a channel that was deep enough to penetrate the water table and able to consistently hold enough water for the traverse of dugout canoes. The canal shortened the distance between Gordon's Pass and Doctor's Pass by half, and was more efficient and safe for canoe paddlers and their possessions than open water travel. The canal's construction would be a dramatic achievement even today. The Naples Canal was still clearly visible in the late 1800s, but by the 1960s it had been totally destroyed by land development, leaving no trace of this remarkable prehistoric engineering achievement.
HM NumberHM2D0F
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDorothy S. Peppe and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 4:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 420527 N 2890607
Decimal Degrees26.13256667, -81.79498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 7.954', W 81° 47.699'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 7' 57.24" N, 81° 47' 41.94" W
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Area Code(s)239, 941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1234 8th St S, Naples FL 34102, US
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