Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor is a 100 mile long
cultural park between Chicago and LaSalle/Peru. It is a geographic area
of about 322,000 acres within the counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, Grundy
and LaSalle. On August 24, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation
establishing the region as the nation's first National Heritage Corridor.
It thereby recognized the historic importance of this region and the waterway
that connected Lake Michigan and the Illinois River. The goal of the Corridor
is to preserve, protect and interpret its rich natural and cultural history
while fostering economic growth in the region. The Corridor is not owned
or governed by a single authority. Its creation involved the partnership
of federal, state, and local governments in cooperation with private industry
and interest groups. The corridor is an on-going partnership between the
public and private sectors created to achieve a successful mixture of preservation,
public use and industrial activity.
The following brochures
were written and produced by the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor.
Corridor of Historic Travel