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Zanesville in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Muskingum River Locks

 
 
The Muskingum River Locks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
1. The Muskingum River Locks Marker
Inscription. The Zanesville lock, canal, and dam were part of a series of eleven such built on the Muskingum River from Marietta to Ellis, north of Zanesville, from 1836 to 1841. The improvements made the shallow river navigable by steamboats. The State of Ohio funded the project as part of the Ohio Canal System. The locks are approximately 35 feet wide and 160 feet long. The river improvements spurred the development of industry in Zanesville, including pottery manufacture, shipbuilding, and grain milling. From Zanesville, goods could be shipped north to the Ohio Canal and Lake Erie. Products could also be sent south to Marietta and then east to Pittsburgh or southwest to New Orleans. Steamboats brought in manufactured goods, staples, mail, and entertainment. After 1880, competition from railroads caused a gradual decline in the river traffic. Today the locks remain in operation for the enjoyment of pleasure boaters.
 
Erected 1998 by The Muskingum River Parkway and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-60.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.073′ N, 82° 0.222′ W. Marker is in Zanesville, Ohio
The Muskingum River Locks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
2. The Muskingum River Locks Marker
Looking north along canal toward Lockkeeper's House.
, in Muskingum County. Click for map. Marker is south of Lockkeeper's House, between lock/canal and Muskingum River. Marker is in this post office area: Zanesville OH 43701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zanesville Underground Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sixth Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stone Academy (approx. mile away); Anti-Slavery Tensions in Muskingum County (approx. mile away); World War II and Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zanesville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second Capital of Ohio (approx. 0.4 miles away); Three Muskingum County Courthouses (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Zanesville.
 
Regarding The Muskingum River Locks. Access gained through parking lot off 8th street south of Hughes Street (south of electric power substation).
 
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The Muskingum River Locks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
3. The Muskingum River Locks Marker
Looking south toward lock from Lockkeeper's house.
Lockkeeper's House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
4. Lockkeeper's House
Muskingum River Lock No. 10 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
5. Muskingum River Lock No. 10
Lock No. 10 from across the Muskingum River image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
6. Lock No. 10 from across the Muskingum River
Lock No. 10 Depth Gauge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
7. Lock No. 10 Depth Gauge
 
 
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