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This Day in Boston History
June 29th, 1914
Cape Cod Canal
day, the Cape Cod Canal first connected Buzzard's
Bay with Cape Cod Bay. Originally conceived in 1623 by Myles Standish,
the first attempt at constructing a canal began in 1880. Five hundred
laborers with shovels and wheelbarrows began constriction but ran out
August Belmont and his "Boston, Cape Cod and New York Canal Company"
was granted a charter to build and operate the canal. Though they succeeded
in opening it, the original canal was failed financially.
After 11 years of negotiations, the Federal Government purchased the
unprofitable Canal and has since operated it as a toll-free waterway.
The Canal is 17.5 miles long, and at 540 feet, it is the widest sea
level canal in the world.