Section between Summit and Willow Springs
Hauling Stone Away, 16 July 1894
Once the dynamite had loosened the rock, workers had to manually load hoppers that were hoisted by a cable beyond the floor of the canal.
See also: Sanitary and Ship Canal
Worker Mess Hall and Barracks
Work on the canal took laborers far from their homes. Many took advantage of camps constructed by the Sanitary and Ship Canal Commissioners. This photograph shows a mess hall and worker barracks.
See also: Work
“A Summer Resort on the Drainage Canal,” 2 June, 1896
Most of the photographs in this album show African American workers. In the staged pose here, black laborers play dice in their time off from the construction work. African American workers were perhaps more likely to live in the camps set up by the Sanitary District Commission.
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