June 14 - 1914: Big preparations for canal opening next month

Cape Cod was preparing for the biggest celebration in its history
The original Bourne Bridge was built in 1911 and replaced with today's structure during the Great Depression in 1934.

1918: Cape Cod building cottages to accommodate extra visitors

On this day in 1914 Cape Cod was preparing for the biggest celebration in its history - the Cape Cod Canal was scheduled to open on July Fourth.

A new cruise company will operate excursion steamers from New York to Boston following the opening, a trip reduced by sixty miles by the new canal.

Thomas H. Nickerson of Harwich Port was Chairman of the celebration committee, and the new wireless station was being built in Chatham because "a wireless station is always a big attraction for visitors."  Here is the story in the day's New York Times.

CAPE COD CANAL OPENING.
Much Activity in Preparing for Big Fourth of July Event.

CAPE COD, Mass., June 14. -- By far the most important event on Cape Cod this Summer will be the celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal on July 4. A programme is being outlined which will involve a cost of more than $6,000...

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(Above: The Light Cruiser USS Little Rock passing through the canal in the late 1940s.)


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