Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge and Canal & the Struggle for Florida's Future
24954 County Road 42, Paisley
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Dr. Steve Noll is a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in 1991. He has written extensively on two widely disparate topics: Florida history and the environment and disability history. Based on the award-winning book, this presentation examines the long and convoluted history of the attempt to cross the Florida peninsula by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. It looks at the Ocklawaha River in the 19th century and the first attempt to cut a ship canal in the 1930s as part of a New Deal work project. It then moves to the 1960s and the controversy concerning the building of a barge canal along the path of the failed ship canal. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the national Endowment for the Humanities.
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