March 28 - 1911: The only bidder for Cape Cod Canal offered less than $12M

2007: Cape Cod murder victim inspires new law
In 1911, a New York company bid $11,900,000 to dig the Cape Cod Canal. This old postcard shows a steamer at the Sagamore Bridge.

1911: Bids close on building Cape Cod's canal

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On this day in 1911 a company owned by August Belmont and several other New Yorkers bid $11,900,000 for the right dig the Cape Cod canal.

The article that announced the bid on this day read "As the company was the only bidder, it is expected that the bid will be accepted."

And it was accepted.

The bidder, Cape Cod Construction Company, dug the toll canal but was unable to turn a profit once built. The United States Government purchased the canal on March 30, 1928 and made many improves including widening and deepening the canal constructing the bridges.

Today the Cape Cod Canal is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers New England District.

Below is a map and chronology of it's history.

2007: Repeat felons deserve lengthy jail time

Cape Cod murder victim inspires new law

On this day in 2007 the murder of Melissa Gosule (on right) eight years before inspired a legislator to change the law.

Commit three violent felonies and you should spend the rest of your life in prison. Given the recent upsurge in mindless assaults like the fatal shooting of a Kentucky woman visiting relatives in Boston last weekend, society needs to demand harsh punishment for those found guilty of such behavior.

State Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, is proposing such a measure (H 972) with a bill he has filed that would impose a mandatory life sentence, without possibility of parole, after a person's third conviction for a serious violent crime.

He was moved by the story of Melissa Gosule, who was murdered by a stranger from whom she had accepted a ride after her car broke down on Cape Cod in the summer of 1999.


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