A large ravine originally ran through the center of the city of Burlington. As the city expanded, this natural barrier presented a challenge. It was alternately used for a railbed and sewer lines, before being filled in (mostly with trash) around the beginning of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the loss of this natural drainage has led to many of the flooding problems the city sees today.
This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 (www.mychamplainvalley.com) and the Vermont Historical Society.