Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A New Champion for an Old Canal
The Ohio & Erie Canal is an early 19th-century creation built to meet growing transportation needs. The Towpath Trail is a late 20th-century creation, built because visionary individuals saw new uses for the abandoned canal. One of these individuals was Congressman Ralph Regula.
From his farm near the rural canal town Navarre, Regula watched the growth of suburbs and realized that he needed to take action to protect canal resources and the natural landscape. His vision became a green pathway tying together communities along the historic route of the canal.
Regula's vision was realized when Congress enacted his bill creating the Ohio & Erie Canalway in 1996. The legacy of his inspiring commitment will endure through the generations.
"He acts with one question in mind: What do we want this land to be like in 100 years?"
- Akron Beacon Journal, October 12, 1998
The Ohio & Erie Canalway stretches 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia. Regula's efforts towards its creation span over 30 years. His first success came in 1964 when he orchestrated the transfer of canal lands from the State to Stark County for park use.
Elected to Congress in 1972, Regula teamed with Congressman John Seiberling to introduce the legislation that created Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 1974. Two
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 15.778′ N, 81° 33.51′ W. Marker is in Boston, Ohio, in Summit County. Click for map. Marker is on the path leading from the parking lot to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Boston Store Visitor Center, off Boston Mills Road, about 700 feet east of Riverview Road. Marker is in this post office area: Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Linking the Wilderness to the World (here, next to this marker); Boston Store (a few steps from this marker); Boston (within shouting distance of this marker); Boston Mills Road Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (about 700 feet away); Industry Shapes the Valley (about 700 feet away); The Development of Valley Industry (about 700 feet away); Forgotten Village of Brandywine (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
Also see . . .
1. The Ohio and Erie Canalway.
2. Boston Mills Historic District.
3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
4. Ralph Regula Congressional Bio.
5. Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center.
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