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Fort Loramie in Shelby County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miami and Erie Canal

Anthony Wayne Parkway

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
1. Miami and Erie Canal Marker
Inscription. This marker is on the right-of-way of the Old Miami and Erie Canal which ran from the Ohio River at Cincinnati to Lake Erie at Toledo. Gov. DeWitt Clinton of New York broke ground for the canal on July 21, 1825 just below Middletown. Built in sections, the canal was opened from end to end in 1845. It was 248.8 miles long, and here, on the "Loramie Summit," rose to 512 feet above the Ohio River. It included 19 aqueducts, 3 guard locks, 103 lift locks, and 3 reservoirs. Navigation began November 28, 1827 and, at the peak of operation, about 400 boats plied the "Big Ditch." The coming of the railroads signaled its decline. However, the canal was used in part through the early 1900's. The canal provided western Ohio with badly needed transportation and water power and was instrumental in welding the state together politically and economically. Fort Loramie was a typical canal town of the period.
 
Erected 1953 by The Sesquicentennial Year of Ohio Statehood, The Fort Loramie Business Men's Association, and American Legion Post 355.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Miami & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 40° 21.056′ N, 84° 22.5′ W. Marker is in Fort Loramie, Ohio, in Shelby County
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By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
2. Miami and Erie Canal Marker
Close-up view of the historical marker's map of Western Ohio's canal routes.
. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Water Street, on the left when traveling south on West Main Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the middle of a park that is situated along State Route 66, in the north end of Fort Loramie, Ohio. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Loramie OH 45845, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greene Ville Treaty Line (here, next to this marker); Miami Erie Canal Mile Stone (here, next to this marker); Fort Loramie Veterans Monument (a few steps from this marker); Greenville Treaty Line (approx. half a mile away); Cholera Marker (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Crescent Theater (approx. 2.9 miles away); Minster's Origins (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Log Church (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Loramie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Canals. This web site is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on June 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. 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 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Ohio Canal Commission. This web site is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central,"
Miami and Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
3. Miami and Erie Canal Marker
Distant view of historical marker situated in the middle of town's park.
an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on June 18, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Miami and Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 3, 2016
4. Miami and Erie Canal Marker
Marker in new location, several feet west of former location. The park has been renovated, a new Veterans Monument has been added, older markers have been moved.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 892 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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