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Name: Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association.
Historical Note: The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association was organized in 1905 to promote the idea of a single channel that would connect all major Gulf coast ports. The Association was organized to provide a link between Gulf Coast businesses and deepwater ports; name variations include Intracoastal Canal Association of Louisiana and Texas. This idea materialized forty-four years later, with the formal completion of the Waterway in June, 1949. A significant engineering achievement, the Waterway's creation was made possible by the cooperative efforts of communities, legislators and government agencies. The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile (4,800-km) waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are artificial canals. It provides a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection 663
Note Author: LAC Group