Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks


Robert J. Kapsch (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

A richly illustrated history of America's first transportation system.

Canals describes the development of these waterways in their heyday and shows the varied structures they engendered. This richly illustrated history of America's first transportation system provides capsule tours of thirty-five canals and a journey along two of the most famous: the Chesapeake & Ohio (now a National Park) and the Morris Canal (largely lost to development).

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • September 2004
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73088-3
  • 8.9 × 11.3 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

Canals is not only an enjoyable coffee table book, but also a valuable research tool for designers and engineers.” — Annabel Hsin, Traditional Building

“[V]aluable resource…The series promises to be a breakthrough in…the history of engineering, providing a user-friendly resource.” — Mike Chrimes, Transactions of the Newcomen Society

“[E]xcellent value for money as it includes a CD with all the images used in the book.” — Hugh Potter, Waterways World

“Richly illustrated…[A] thorough account of this unique and under-appreciated part of our American heritage…The historical content of Canals is excellent.” — Public Works Historical Society Newsletter

“If you are a true canal enthusiast, this is one book you must have in your collection.” — Locktender, Newsletter of the National Canal Museum

“An excellent overview of American canals...Well written and well designed.” — Albright G. Zimmerman, Journal of the Society of Industrial Archaeology

“A delight...Provides interesting reading and makes a complex subject comprehensible through simple text and rich images.” — Suzann D. Turner, APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology

“Exhaustively illustrated.” — Ray Bert, Civil Engineering

“This book and CD are for the person who wants to explore the American canals and to search out their heritage.” — Canoeist

“A treasury of historic photographs, illustrations, and plans of canals. . . . Provides the largest single source of material for those interested in the fascinating history of the classic era of American canals (1785-1860), for those who wish to explore canals today, and for professionals engaged in the preservation and rehabilitation of canals.” — The Canaller, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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