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.  These sites are to be investigated by the Nephilim Chronicles search team in the winter of 2011-12.  



     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 Mifflin County Illinois
     On the banks of Green River, in Henry County in Illinois, are traces of an ancient city, which was once the abode of a commercial people, and points to a time when the Rock River was a navigable stream of some commercial importance. A canal connected these two rivers some three miles above the junction. This canal is about a mile and a half long and is perfectly straight for about one-fourth of a mile from the Green River end; it is then relieved by a perfectly easy curve, reaching the Rock River at a bend, and showing that the engineering was done in a masterly manner. The soil is of a very fine texture, mixed with a ferruginous mineral deposit; hence its firmness, and the reason of it withstanding the washings of rains, for this great lapse of time. About twelve miles back and above this canal is another partly natural and partly artificial connecting Rock and Mississippi Rivers. This is so well preserved that about twelve years ago the "Serling" a small Rock River steamer, passed through it into the Mississippi river. These works are as old as the mountains of Egypt, and were in all probability built by a contemporaneous people.

Smithsonian Institutes Bureau of Ethnology 1881
Cazenovia Township, Madison County, New York
     According to Mr. James Serrard, of Dunkirk, an ancient canal and basin exist at Long Point, two and a half miles up the eastern shore of the Lake from Bemus point, but this is not artificial. Faint traces of an aboriginal embankment were noticed upon the high land back from this point overlooking the lake.

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.