[The New York Herald States]The Illustrated London News, vol. 44, no. 1246, p. 218.
February 27, 1864
The New York Herald states that the estimated cost of the ship canal around Niagara Falls is five millions and a half. It is proposed to build it from the Head Water to Lewiston, with locks 300 ft. long, 50 ft. wide, and 10 ft. deep. In addition to this, three millions and a half will be asked for the enlargement of the Oswego and Erie canals, and four millions for a canal from the St. Lawrence over to Albany, viâ Lake Champlain; and thirteen millions for an enlargement of the Illinois Canal, from Keokuk to Chicago, so that vessels of 600 tons burden can pass.