Middletown in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Miami & Erie Canal Lift Bridge
The lift bridge built in 1899 across the Miami & Erie Canal at Third Street (now Central Ave.), was the third bridge at this site since the canal began in 1825. An electric motor was used to raise the west portion of the floor of the bridge up the iron superstructure to allow canal boats to pass. The total cost was $8,450 and the lift bridge was recognized as one of the finest in the state. The bridge ws removed in 1914.
[Photo] Left, Spanish-American War troops from Company L, First Regiment Infantry, Ohio National Guard pass under the canal lift bridge in 1899.
Erected by City of Middletown, the Middletown Historical Society, and Others.
Location. 39° 30.963′ N, 84° 24.153′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (Ohio Route 122) and N. Verity Parkway (Ohio Route 73), on the right when traveling west on Central Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown OH 45044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio Canals (here, next to this marker); Port Middletown (here, next to this marker); Canal Boats (here, next to Canal Locks (here, next to this marker); The Miami & Erie Canal in Middletown (here, next to this marker); World War II Veterans Memorial Bench (approx. ¼ mile away); Middletown War Memorial Flagpole (approx. 0.6 miles away); Underground Railroad Route (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middletown.
Regarding The Miami & Erie Canal Lift Bridge. The marker panels are along the side of a water feature on the plaza that is a stylized series of partially opened locks.
Also see . . .
1. Miami & Erie Canal. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Miami & Erie Canal. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,107 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.