Haulover Canal

Haulover Canal (HM21IM)

Location: Mims, FL 32754 Brevard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 44.238', W 80° 45.264'

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Native Americans, explorers and settlers hauled or carried canoes and small boats over this narrow strip of land between Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. Eventually it became known as the "haulover." Connecting both bodies of water had long plagued early settlers of this area. Spaniards visited as early as 1605 and slid boats over the ground covered with mulberry tree bark. Early settlers used rollers and skids to drag schooners across. Fort Ann was established nearby in 1837, during the 2nd Seminole War (1835-1842), to protect the haulover from Indians and carry military supplies from the lagoon to the river. In 1852, contractor G.E. Hawes dug the first canal using slave labor. It was 3 ft. deep, 14 ft. wide, and completed in time for the 3rd Seminole War (1856-1858). Steamboat and cargo ships used the passage until the railroad arrived in 1885. By 1887, the Florida Coast Line Canal and Transportation Co. dug a new and deeper canal which you see now, a short distance from the original. The Intracoastal Waterway incorporated the Haulover Canal as a federal project in 1927 to be maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Since then the channel has been dug wider and deeper, and a basin added for launching boats.
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HM NumberHM21IM
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Year Placed2006
Placed ByBrevard County Historical Commission And The Florida Department Of State
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Date Added Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 523981 N 3178905
Decimal Degrees28.73730000, -80.75440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 44.238', W 80° 45.264'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 44' 14.2800" N, 80° 45' 15.8400" W
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Area Code(s)321, 407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Courtenay Pkwy N, Mims FL 32754, US
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