Illinois passes an act to create the Sanitary District of Chicago and begins construction on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
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.
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.
U. S. president McKinley appoints a nine-man commission to investigate all possible canal routes across Central America.
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