Bygones of Monroe:
Monroe Harbor-Ship Canal
Capt. H. Smith, Superintendent of Public Works on Lake Erie, has politely accommodated us with an opportunity of copying from his Annual Report to the Chief Engineer, so much as relates to our Monroe Harbor and Ship Canal, which we publish to-day for the gratification of this community.
From this correct and authentic source, the present condition and prospects of the Canal are shown to be more favorable and encouraging than of late generally considered: as there is no longer " a shadow of doubt of the perfect and complete success of the work."
The people, therefore, of this section, and of all the interior, and of every portion of Michigan, for all are interested in this enterprise, may now with confidence, we think, look forward to a period soon to arrive, when this great public work of improvement, and many others of kindred character, and importance in this state, shall be completed, and hailed by all as monuments of the wisdom and liberality of our national councils, and as sources of wealth and prosperity to every class of people occupying the fruitful and delightful regions of the "Far West". We are not permitted to doubt for a moment that the general government will now readily appropriate from the overflowing Treasury of the nation, all the pecuniary means required for the speedy completion of those public works.
Monroe Times, Dec. 22, 1836, p2