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Near Providence in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miami & Erie Canal

Ohio Historical Marker

 
 
Miami & Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2008
1. Miami & Erie Canal Marker
Inscription. The Wabash & Erie Canal opened between Toledo and Lafayette, Indiana, May 8, 1843. The Miami Extension Canal was completed to Junction, Ohio, on July 4, 1845, linking the Wabash & Erie Canal with Cincinnati and resulting in changing the canalís name to the Miami & Erie Canal. Prosperity reigned until the 1850s when railroad competition caused a slow decline in commerce. The canal branch to Indiana was in disuse by 1858 and totally abandoned in 1888. The canal system was revived from 1906-1909 with much reconstruction and improvement only to be badly damaged by severe statewide flooding in 1913. The canal was maintained from here to Maumee for generating hydroelectric power until it was drained in 1929. Twelve miles of canal and the Maumee Side Cut Canal have been leased to the Toledo Area Metroparks since 1932.
 
Erected 1994 by Grand Rapids Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 31-48.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, the The Miami & Erie Canal, and the Wabash & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 41° 24.947′ N, 83° 51.435′ W. Marker is near Providence, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker can be reached from River Road (U.S. 24). Click for map.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2008
2. Miami & Erie Canal
View of the Miami & Erie Canal with the water powered Ludwig Mill in the background.
This historical marker is located in the south western corner of Lucas County, along the canal that runs adjacent to the Maumee River, just off of US 24, in Providence Metropark which is part of the Toledo Area Metroparks system. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13200 River Road, Grand Rapids OH 43522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dominick Labino (approx. ľ mile away); Grand Rapids (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Howard Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Providence Historical District (approx. 0.8 miles away); James Durbin (approx. 4.7 miles away); Oak Tree (approx. 5.7 miles away); Wood County's First Masonic Lodge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Custer Homestead (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. When attempting to view this historical marker, park your vehicle in the metropark's parking lot and head for the canal boat ride. The historical marker is on the north side of the pedestrian bridge that one must cross to get to the canal boat ride.

This historical marker is in a very unique location. Providence Metropark not only is one of the few places in Ohio, and the surrounding area, where one can obtain a ride on an authentic canal boat, it is also
Miami & Erie Canal image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2008
3. Miami & Erie Canal
View of canal boat on Miami & Erie Canal
the only location in the entire state where you can experience a restored, working canal lock, while locking up and down on a canal boat. In addition to the working canal lock and the authentic canal boat, there is also a canal era, water powered mill, that is open to the public, located at this site.
 
Also see . . .
1. Providence Metropark Canal Experience. This web site is published and made available by "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Miami & Erie Canal. This web site is published and made available by "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. It's Always 1876 At Providence. This web site is published and made available by, "The Toledo Area Metroparks." (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Miami and Erie Canal. This web site is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Miami & Erie Canal image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2008
4. Miami & Erie Canal
View of passengers on canal boat approaching Ludwig Mill and canal lock.
Miami & Erie Canal image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 21, 2008
5. Miami & Erie Canal
View of canal boat entering canal lock.
Miami & Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 1, 2009
6. Miami & Erie Canal Marker
View of Providence Metropark site map. When viewing the map, the historical marker is across the canal from the site marked "Traihead."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,539 times since then and 102 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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