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The Cross-Florida Barge Canal was conceived back in 1567 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, but did not come to (partial) fruition until the 1930s. As part of the “New Deal” program initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt, workers flocked to North Florida to begin the project. The intention was to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf Coast by constructing a canal that would cut through Florida, but funding ran out after three years which left the project incomplete. During the next several decades there were attempts to finish the canal, but finally in 1990 Congress de-authorized the project. The canal was eventually turned into Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway for visitors to enjoy.

This collection contains photographs taken during the initial construction of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal in 1935.

 
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