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Delphos in Allen County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos
Anthony Wayne Parkway
 
Miami and Erie Canal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
1. Miami and Erie Canal Marker
 
Inscription. [West Side of Marker]: Miami and Erie Canal

This marker is on the right-of-way of the old Miami and Erie Canal. 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 Lake Erie. 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 railroad signaled its decline. Operation ended officially in 1877, but 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.

[East Side of Marker]: Delphos

Delphos began and flourished as a canal town. It was originally four separate settlements: East Bredeick, West Bredeick, Howard, and Section Ten (named after a section of the canal). In 1851, Father John Otto Bredeick, a Bavarian priest who had purchased and founded this area in 1840, named the settlement Delphos. The town became a center of canal traffic rivalled in the west only by Fort Wayne, Indiana. The
 
Miami and Erie Canal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
2. Miami and Erie Canal Marker
Close-up view of the map of the Miami and Erie Canal that is affixed to the front of the historical marker.
 
first canal boat, carrying Governor Bebb as a passenger, passed through Delphos on July 4, 1845. Farmers from miles around came to load their produce on the canal boats. However, the building of the Ohio and Indiana Railroad in 1854 from Crestline, Ohio to Fort Wayne shifted the center of the trade and the repid growth of Delphos abated. This section of the canal is one of three which is intact. It feeds water from Grand Reservoir (Lake St. Marys) to industries in St. Marys and Delphos.
 
Erected 1953 by The Delphos Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 50.826′ N, 84° 20.439′ W. Marker is in Delphos, Ohio, in Allen County. Marker is on West 5th Street east of North Canal Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 173 West 5th Street, Delphos OH 45833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leslie C. Peltier (approx. mile away); Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Jennings (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Jennings (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 6.1 miles away); Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County / Venedocia Village (approx. 7.6 miles away); Killing Spree Ends Here in 1948 (approx. 9.2 miles away); Miami – Erie Canal (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delphos.
 
Delphos Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
3. Delphos Marker
 
 
Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
4. Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker
View looking east of the historical marker on the north side of West 5th Street.
 
 
Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
5. Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker
View looking north from West 5th Street of the historical marker in the right foreground and the Miami and Erie Canal on it's course northward through the community of Delphos.
 
 
Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
6. Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker
View looking southward of the historical marker in the left foreground, looking across West 5th Street at the Miami and Erie Canal on its course southward. In the far center background is a view of the Delphos Herald with canal era mural painted on the side of the building.
 
 
Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
7. Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos Marker
View of the canal era mural painted on the north side of the Delphos Herald Building.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,218 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 30, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
 
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