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The Gaylord Building in Lockport, Illinois, was built in 1838 to store construction materials used in digging the 96-mile-long Illinois & Michigan Canal, which linked Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River and created a waterway for trade from New York to New Orleans. The original limestone warehouse—which was subsequently used for grain storage, a general store, and a plumbing supply house—was expanded with Greek Revival-style and Italianate additions.
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