The Cross Florida Barge Canal

The Cross Florida Barge Canal was designed to connect the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean across mainland Florida. It was first proposed in the 1930s as part of an economic recovery program and again in 1942 as a national defense project. The project was finally granted funding in 1963 under John F. Kennedy and was to be completed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal

Cross Florida Barge Canal

Florida Memory

State Archives of Florida

State Library of Florida

Key Secondary Sources

  • Noll, Steven, and David Tegeder. Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.