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Minooka Widewater – Minooka

Minooka Widewater today.

Minooka Widewater today.

The Minooka Widewater was one of several slightly wider sections that were constructed along the I&M Canal to act as turning basins or places used for loading and unloading barges. In 1860, a grain elevator was constructed by A. P. Carpenter in 1860 along the east side widewater and was known as “Carpenter’s Landing.” Largely intact today, this widewater area was originally around two miles long and ranged from 400 to 600 feet wide and was located just north of Lock #6 in Channahon.

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This photographic postcard is part of the Local History Project digitization project at Minooka Community High School.

We Need Your Help:
David Belden is a history teacher at Minooka Community High School and is currently publishing local postcard books with Arcadia Publishing in his Local History classes, including Grundy County, Joliet, Will County, Princeton and I&M Canal. He and his students are currently looking for I&M photos and postcards and Joliet photographs. If you are interested in contributing a postcard image, please email him at: or call 815-467-2140 x260. To view more postcards and images, visit or on Facebook:

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