Swimming in a Lateral of the Grand Canal


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Swimming in a Lateral of the Grand Canal

Formerly, a system of lateral canals connected the Grand Canal to agricultural fields. Roadways and cottonwoods commonly lined the laterals, which helped to define the Phoenix street grid. The cottonwood trees used to provide shade for youngsters to cool off in the canals, but were eventually cleared because they consumed too much water.

Image courtesy of Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Congress.


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