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  • 13-79 Marker Side A 13-79 Marker Side A
  • 13-79 Marker Side B 13-79 Marker Side B
  • 13-79 The setting in a park Look up 13-79 The setting in a park Look up
  • 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Side A) 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Side A)
  • 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Side B) 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Side B)
  • 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Park) 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Park)
  • 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Towpath) 13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal (Towpath)
  • 13-79 Zoar Levee 13-79 Zoar Levee
  • 13-79 View from the Towpath 13-79 View from the Towpath
  • 13-79 The marker back 6/29/2013 13-79 The marker back 6/29/2013
  • 13-79 The marker front 6/29/2013 13-79 The marker front 6/29/2013
  • 13-79 #13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal Front 13-79 #13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal Front
  • 13-79 #13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal now 13-79 #13-79 Ohio and Erie Canal now
  • 13-79 Canal 13-79 Canal
  • 13-79 Canal 13-79 Canal
Title, side A
Ohio and Erie Canal
Text, side A
Construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal, beginning in Cleveland and running south to Portsmouth, began in 1825. As a means to pay for debts on the community's 5,500 acres of Tuscarawas County land, members of the Society of Separatists of Zoar contracted to construct this portion of the canal. They received $21,000 for this work, which was completed in 1827. Surplus goods were transported on Society owned and operated canal boats to outside markets via the Ohio and Erie Canal, which also brought manufactured items into Zoar. (continued on other side)
Text, side B
(continued from other side) Canal use declined steadily after the 1850s when railroads became the most efficient mode of transportation. Despite attempts to keep the canal economically viable, a widespread flood in 1913 spelled disaster for the Ohio and Erie Canal as a transportation system. A fish hatchery, created by sectioning off portions of the canal after the flood, was maintained until the construction of the Zoar Levee in 1935. The canal's towpath is currently being used as a recreational trail and within a few hundred yards of this park lie the preserved Canal Inn, Lock 10, and other feeder locks and millraces.
Location
Co. Rd. 82 & Co. Rd 111, Lawrence Township, near Zoar
Coordinates
Latitude: 40.364220, Longitude: -81.256090.
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