Hennepin Canal

Rich Egger

Rich Egger's guest on Emphasis is Western Illinois University Geography Professor Emeritus Donald “Bill” Griffin. He is author of Voices of the Hennepin Canal: Promoters, Politicians, and the US Army  Corps of Engineers.

Construction of the Hennepin lasted from 1892 to 1908. Griffin said concrete was used to build the navigation locks and dams, marking the first time this was done in the US.