View along the old Tanners Canal in Dole, France, with Hotel Dieu at right

View along the old Tanners Canal in Dole, France, with Hotel Dieu at right. The canal is so named because its water was used to produce leather goods in the numerous tanneries that lined its banks during the middle ages. The canal was fed by a natural spring that rose up within the walls of the town. Upstream from the tanneries, the spring was the source of drinking water for the town. Downstream it flushed away the odious chemicals and wastes that produce such a stench in the…

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