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Independence in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam

 
 
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
1. Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker
Inscription. Through this lock passed many canal boats carrying produce, goods, and passengers not only from Ohio and Indiana but from as far south as New Orleans and as far east as New York City. Boats were drawn by horses, or more often by mules, 2 to 6 in number depending on the size of the load. Spare animals were either carried on board the boats, to the discomfort of the passengers, or stabled along the canal. Speeds varied from 5 to 8 miles per hour. There were also, on the canal, huge rafts of logs cut from the virgin forests. These were floated to mills, operated by canal water power, and sawed into lumber for many uses.

Independence Dam, located on the Maumee River just below here, was built to provide slack water for the canal. It derived its name from a town a mile up stream which sprang up during the canal construction period. Independence grew into a thriving center of commerce, rivaling Defiance at one time, but, like many canal “boom towns,” it all but disappeared when the canal was abandoned.
 
Erected 1954 by Fort Defiance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 41° 17.576′ 
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
2. Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker
View of historical marker on the left and partial view of the northern end of canal lock #13 on the right.
N, 84° 17.034′ W. Marker is in Independence, Ohio, in Defiance County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 424 and Independence Road, on the left when traveling west on State Route 424. Click for map. This historical marker is located just east of Independence, Ohio along what is left of the old Wabash & Erie and Miami & Erie Canal (between the Maumee River and State Route 424). Marker is in this post office area: Independence OH 44131, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Canals (here, next to this marker); Winchester's Camp No. 3/Fort Starvation / The Old Kentucky Burial Grounds (approx. 1.1 miles away); Winchester's Camp #2 / Preston Island (approx. 3.3 miles away); Coohcooche (approx. 3.3 miles away); Shawnee Glen (approx. 3.4 miles away); Johnny Appleseed (approx. 3.6 miles away); Chief Pontiac (approx. 3.7 miles away); Pontiac Birthplace (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Independence.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is situated at the location of canal lock number #13, very near the Indepenence Dam.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
3. Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker
View of Canal Lock #13 from the north end looking towards the souh end.
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
4. Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam Marker
View of the south end of canal lock #13.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 955 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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