A peaceful walk on the Hennepin Canal towpath is enhanced by the low, late afternoon sun, and the colorful leaves of Autumn. Located a couple of miles outside of Wyanett, Illinois, Lock 20 was the location of a lock tender's home. This lock tender served Lock 20 and 21, which are both in very close proximity to one another.
Today, the house is vacant, and in ruins. If you believe in such things, it is also said to be haunted, or at least some supernatural events have been experienced by locals.
The Hennepin Canal runs from the Illinois River to the Mississippi River, thus linking Chicago to the Mississippi, and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico. Completed in 1907, it was the first major American canal made with concrete, and due to the success of railroads, it was obsolete the moment it was built.
Posted by Tom Gill at Wednesday, October 28, 2015