The rapids or falls of the Savannah River were circumvented by the construction of a canal. The canal is actually located in Martinez, Georgia, a suburb of Augusta. Quoting from the Savannah Rapids Park Website,
Begun in 1845, the first stage of the Augusta Canal was completed the next year. The headgates at today's Savannah Rapids Park were opened on November 23, 1846, and water flowed for the first time into the canal that had taken 200 men roughly 18 months to build.From time to time, I will feature some photos of the Park.