History & Culture
The Augusta Canal, built in 1845 as a source of power, water and transportation, is the only intact industrial canal in the American South in continuous use. Spearheaded by Augusta native Henry H. Cumming, who perceived that Augusta could one day become "the Lowell of the South," the Augusta Canal began to fulfill Cumming's vision in short order. By 1847 the first factories –a saw and grist mill and the Augusta Factory-were built, the first of many that would eventually line the Canal.
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