Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ancient Canals in North America

Ancient Canals in North America

  Listed are a number of historical reports of ancient canals in North America.  



     The great ditch extending from a point below Cape Girardeau, Mo., to the headwaters of the White and St. Francis rivers was excavated in prehistoric days, and was old when Indian legend first refers to it. Whether the object was to use this great canal for purposes of navagation or simply for drainage can never be known. The ancient inhabitants, whether Mobolians or Peruvians, may have known the rich valley of the Nile, of the artificial ponds or lakes and canals used at the time to regulate its high waters and resorted to the same plan here for controlling the mighty Mississippi.



History of Greenup County, Kentucky 1951
      At Springfield there is a large enclosure with walls plainly discernible, and it is said to have been an Indian town having an underground opening to the Ohio River.