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Old Canal Days’ Lockport city cemetery tours take visitors back in time

Visitors ride the flying scooter ride at the 2015 Old Canal Days festival in Lockport. The event returns this week.
Visitors ride the flying scooter ride at the 2015 Old Canal Days festival in Lockport. The event returns this week.

With the earliest graves dating back to the 1830s, the cemetery is home to significant figures associated with the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Lockport’s history including; William Gooding, the Canal’s Chief Engineer, George Gaylord, Hiram Norton, Robert Milne, John Lane, inventor of the first steel plow, and many others. 

Ichabod Codding, one of the nation’s leaders of the Abolitionist movement, is also buried in the cemetery. Codding had major influence on Abraham Lincoln, and at one time, he served as the minister of the Congregational Church in Lockport. Soldiers from every American war, including the War of Independence, are also buried here.

During Old Canal Days, visitors will get an exclusive tour guided by one of the City’s historians. The tours will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 16 June 17 and will start at the mausoleum on 6th Street.

Parking is available at Milne Grove School, 565 E. 7th St.. The walking tour will last about 45 minutes and showcase the different

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