Florida Barge Canal

  • My Dad in Front of Derelict Bridge Support, Santos, Florida

    My Dad in Front of Derelict Bridge Support, Santos, Florida

  • Eureka Lock Seen from Lake Ocklawaha

    Eureka Lock Seen from Lake Ocklawaha

  • Ocklawaha River, Fort McCoy, Florida

    Ocklawaha River, Fort McCoy, Florida

  • Eureka Dam, Completed and Never Operated.

    Eureka Dam, Completed and Never Operated.

  • Eureka Dam and Lock Site, Managed by the EPA.

    Eureka Dam and Lock Site, Managed by the EPA.

  • Glen Outside of Laundromat,  Starke, Florida

    Glen Outside of Laundromat, Starke, Florida

  • Controlled Burn Along Canal Right of Way, Rodman Reservoir

    Controlled Burn Along Canal Right of Way, Rodman Reservoir

  • Derelict Pylons Built for Canal, Eureka, Florida.

    Derelict Pylons Built for Canal, Eureka, Florida.

  • Kirkpatrick Dam Flood Gate

    Kirkpatrick Dam Flood Gate

  • Depth Markers, Eureka Lock.

    Depth Markers, Eureka Lock.

  • Swinging Rope Along the Withlacoochee River. Inglis, Florida

    Swinging Rope Along the Withlacoochee River. Inglis, Florida

  • Highway 98 Bridge Over Completed  Canal. Inglis, Florida.

    Highway 98 Bridge Over Completed Canal. Inglis, Florida.

  • Inglis Lock, Inglis Florida

    Inglis Lock, Inglis Florida

  • Vandalized and Stripped Engine House, Eureka Lock

    Vandalized and Stripped Engine House, Eureka Lock

  • State Highway 40. Inglis, Florida

    State Highway 40. Inglis, Florida

  • Highway 16, Green Cove Springs, Florida

    Highway 16, Green Cove Springs, Florida

  • Sam from Minnesota Fishing at Kirkpatrick Dam

    Sam from Minnesota Fishing at Kirkpatrick Dam

  • Burnt Saw Palmetto, Kirkpatrick Dam.

    Burnt Saw Palmetto, Kirkpatrick Dam.

  • Bridge Expansion Joint, Palatka, Florida

    Bridge Expansion Joint, Palatka, Florida

  • Bridge Support at Abandoned Canal Site. Santos, Florida.

    Bridge Support at Abandoned Canal Site. Santos, Florida.

  • Didactic Panel, Santos, Florida.

    Didactic Panel, Santos, Florida.

  • Local Fishing Along Tributary of Inglis Lock

    Local Fishing Along Tributary of Inglis Lock

  • River Bank  at Completed Canal Portion. Inglis, Florida.

    River Bank at Completed Canal Portion. Inglis, Florida.

  • Highway 19, Palatka, Florida

    Highway 19, Palatka, Florida

  • Litter Under the Bridge, Eureka Florida.

    Litter Under the Bridge, Eureka Florida.

  • Santos Trailhead, Santos, Florida

    Santos Trailhead, Santos, Florida

  • Flyover Bridge for Cancelled Canal Section, Fort McCoy, Florida

    Flyover Bridge for Cancelled Canal Section, Fort McCoy, Florida

  • Derelict Lock at Eureka, Florida

    Derelict Lock at Eureka, Florida

  • Local Swimming Hole with Aluminum Ladder

    Local Swimming Hole with Aluminum Ladder

  • Construction Workers Footprint, Eureka Dam

    Construction Workers Footprint, Eureka Dam

  • Eureka Dam Flood Gate

    Eureka Dam Flood Gate

  • Palmetto, Eureka Dam

    Palmetto, Eureka Dam

  • Depth Marker at Lake Ocklawaha

    Depth Marker at Lake Ocklawaha

  • Eureka Dam Flood Gate

    Eureka Dam Flood Gate

  • Bank Along the Ocklawaha River

    Bank Along the Ocklawaha River

  • Land Saved From Flooding Along the Ocklawaha River.

    Land Saved From Flooding Along the Ocklawaha River.

The Florida Barge Canal: Water, Progress, and a Slow Death investigates and photographs the long history of the defunct Florida Barge and Ship Canal. A trans-Florida canal would have theoretically saved merchants and the government time, money, and lives by avoiding the the southern tip of Florida. Throughout the canal’s history, promoters and dissenters alike used the ideas of, progress, sustainability, and local interests to champion their cause. In the 1970’s the canal was finally halted out of concern for Florida’s aquifer. At 28% completion and a total cost 75 million dollars, it is the country’s most expensive failed public works project and has left defunct dams, locks, reservoirs, and bridges all across the state of Florida.