1890


January

Illinois passes an act to create the Sanitary District of Chicago and begins construction on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

 

The Maritime Canal Company begins work on a canal through Nicaragua.

 

 

1892


Construction begins on the Chicago Sanitary and

Ship Canal. ** The Maritime Canal Company goes broke.

 

 

1893

A Greek company completes a canal through Greece's Isthmus of Corinth.

 

 

1894


Queen Victoria opens England's Manchester

Ship Canal. ** The Muscle Shoals Canal is completed.


 

1895


Jun 17

New York City's Harlem Ship Canal, creating a deeper navigation between the Hudson River and Hellgate, on the Harlem River, is opened for commerce.


August

The Cleveland Steel Canal Boat Company begins running a fleet of six steel canal boats, insurable for travel on the Great Lakes, from Cleveland to New York City.

 

Canada opens its Soo Canal. ** Work resumes on the section of the Trent-Severn Waterway between Lakefield and Port Perry. ** Niagara Falls' Hydraulic Canal is widened to 100 feet and deepened to an average of ten feet.


 

1896

The State Lock on the Soo is replaced by the Poe Lock, named after Colonel Orlando Poe.


 

1897


A deepening of the Erie Canal in Pittsford, New York, into the

following year, exposes black shale and interbedded dolomite,

which will be named Pittsford Shale in 1903.


 

1898

The U. S. Army begins improvements on the Minnesota Canal.


 

1899


Mar 3

U. S. president McKinley appoints a nine-man commission to investigate all possible canal routes across Central America.

 

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