Name / Description

Middlesex Canal

Type

Canals

Discoverer

Middlesex Canal Proprietors

Length (miles)

27

Depth (feet)

3

Part of / Flows into

Boston Harbor to Merrimack River

Sovereignty

Massachusetts

Additional Notes

Privately financed undertaking begun in 1793; opened in 1803; linked Boston to Merrimack River (future site of Lowell) and allowed water transport from Boston to Concord, New Hampshire. 20 locks; 8 aqueducts; 48 bridges; barges pulled by horse/oxen. Closed in 1853.