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From Water Street in Peru Illinois

Illinois River view from Water st. Peru, Illinois

120-year-old coal-fired power plant on Water Street in the distance on the right~ destined to be torn down
IL-251 Bridge
Illinois River Highway Crossing the Illinois River
Peru, IL

Mule drawn barge on the I&M canal

This is an actual size replica of the barges that were used to ship goods along the I&M canal- although this one was modified to carry passengers instead of freight. 
Normally there is a mule pulling the barge from the trail beside the canal with a tow rope, but by the time we arrived, he was taking a break and they were using a motor.  
turning into the dock
Being shored up
here’s a link to the history of the Illinois & Michigan shipping canals: