This program will take you on a canal tour today, from the remains in Canal Park in Clinton Township to its end in Rochester.
The hopes and dreams for the canal - part of Michigan's first internal improvements act in 1837 - will be highlighted, along with those who envisioned the canal. The canal entrance started at the mouth of the Clinton River in the "ghost" town of Belvidere, and it exited into Lake Michigan via the Kalamazoo River at Singapore - another ghost town now buried in a sand dune. The canal proper started in yet another ghost town, Frederick, with several operating mills.
As we approach its 200th anniversary, see what remains of this venture, a small part of which also crossed the Packard Proving Grounds property.