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Ever wonder how the Cape Cod Canal came to be?

The former drawbridge that was replaced by the Sagamore Bridge. The Keith Car &
Manufacturing Company, in operation from 1846 to 1928 manufacturing railroad cars in the village of Sagamore, can be seen in the background.

Mark Twain’s novel “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today” was a biting satirical commentary about a by-gone age. His work exposed the appearance of gross materialism, political corruption, corporate greed and widening social inequality just beneath the surface of glossy, heady progress. 

Twain actually traversed Cape Cod before Belmont’s canal became reality.  

“‘This, gentlemen,’ said Jeff, ‘is Columbus River, alias Goose Run. If it was widened, and deepened, and straightened, and made, long enough, it would be one of the finest rivers in the western country.’”

Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today” (1873)


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