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Devola in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Devola Lock

 
 
The Devola Lock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 23, 2008
1. The Devola Lock Marker
Inscription. The Devola Lock was one of eleven built on the Muskingum River from Marietta to Ellis, north of Zanesville, from 1836 to 1841. The locks are approximately thirty-five feet wide and 160 feet long. The State of Ohio funded the project as part of the Ohio Canal System. The improvements made the shallow river navigable by steamboats. Travelers ascended over 100 feet from Marietta to Dresden on ninety miles of river. Farmers shipped corn, wheat, eggs, and wool, while manufacturers shipped goods, staples such as sugar, the mail, news, 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 1996 by Muskingum River Parkway and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-84.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.248′ N, 81° 29.472′ W. Marker is in Devola, Ohio, in Washington County. Click for map. Marker is at the Devola Lock, off Devols Dam Road. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker,
The Devola Lock and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 23, 2008
2. The Devola Lock and Marker
measured as the crow flies. The Northwest Ordinance, 1787 / The Ohio Company Purchase (approx. 3.7 miles away); Merydith House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Land Office (approx. 3.7 miles away); The American Union Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 3.8 miles away); Steam Towboat "W. P. Snyder, Jr." (approx. 3.8 miles away); Campus Martius (approx. 3.8 miles away); Flatboats (approx. 3.8 miles away); Oldest Pilothouse (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Devola Lock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 23, 2008
3. The Devola Lock Marker
Looking southeast along the Muskingum River.
The Devola Lock #2 Restoration Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 23, 2008
4. The Devola Lock #2 Restoration Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 812 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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