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Tipp City in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15

 
 
Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 Marker (Side A) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
1. Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
[Side A:]
This section of the Miami and Erie Canal, constructed from 1833-1837, was vital to this region's commerce and development. It allowed for farmers and businesses to get their goods to larger markets at a lower cost and faster speed than by hauling overland. Passengers could also travel across the area by canal boat. John Clark saw the location of the Lock 15, situated in Monroe Township at the junction of the Milton-Carlisle Pike (Main Street), as an opportunity and in 1840, platted the new town of Tippecanoe City (now Tipp City). Many types of commerce and trade grew up around the canal including boarding houses, saloons, a tannery, and a mill. Some of the original buildings still stand, such as a mill to the west of Lock 15, John Clark's home at the southeast corner of Main and First streets, and the hotel at the northeast corner of Main and Second streets.
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[Side B:]
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Travel on the Miami and Erie Canal was limited to four miles per hour for boats pulled by mules in order to prevent boat wash from eroding the clay banks of the canals. A system of locks allowed a canal boat to be raised or lowered, depending on the direction the boat was traveling. Constructed of limestone blocks, Lock 15 is typical
Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 Marker (Side B) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
2. Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 Marker (Side B)
of most Miami and Erie Canal locks. Large wooden gates were located on each end of the lock. A boat would enter the lock and the gate behind it would close, while the opposite gate would open, allowing the water lever to be raised or lowered before the boat could proceed to its next stop. The advent of the railroad was the beginning of the end for the canal system. Due to extensive damage, most of the Miami and Erie Canal was abandoned following the Great Flood of 1913.
 
Erected 2007 by Miami County Milestones Committee, Miami County Foundation, Troy Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 24-55.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the The Miami & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.691′ N, 84° 10.045′ W. Marker is in Tipp City, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in Canal Lock Park, just east of the Tipp Roller Mills. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 E. Main Street, Tipp City OH 45371, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tipp City Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hyattsville (approx.
Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
3. Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 and Marker
Looking north.
0.6 miles away); WACO Aircraft Company (approx. 4 miles away); Thomas Cemetery / Abraham Thomas (approx. 4.3 miles away); Elizabeth Township (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Village of Tadmor / The National Road (approx. 4.5 miles away); Phoneton (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Phoneton (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tipp City.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio’s Historic Canals. Tipp City. Lock 15, of stone masonry, just N of Main Street. Picturesque old grist mill structure adjacent. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Canal Lock Park and Lock 15 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
4. Canal Lock Park and Lock 15 Marker
Looking west from park entrance.
Reproduction Canal Boat Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
5. Reproduction Canal Boat
Mill Next to Lock Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
6. Mill Next to Lock
Small annex with door on right of mill was lock tender's office.
Tipp City Corporate Limit Sign Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
7. Tipp City Corporate Limit Sign
Tipp City
Founded 1840
Name derived from presidential slogan
"Tippecanoe and Tyler Too"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,920 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   7. 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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