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Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Creating Crossroads of Commerce

Ohio & Erie Canalway

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
1. Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker
Inscription.
You are near "Hall's Corners," the center of Akron's first business district, named after the general store that once stood at the corner of Market and Howard streets. Across Market Street from where you are standing, was the Empire House, the most modern hotel in northern Ohio at the time. Right next to the Empire House, the Pennsylvania & Ohio (P&O) Canal ran down the middle of Main Street, providing a direct water link to Pittsburgh. The Ohio & Erie Canal flowed two blocks to the west. Together, these canals helped the "city at the summit" become a frontier boomtown.

Did You Know...
For decades Hall's Corners merchants controlled the P&O Canal and enjoyed a monopoly on Akron's commerce. Once the canal closed in 1884, business waned as new stores, hotels and attractions opened along the newly paved Main Street.
 
Erected by City of Akron, Cascade Locks Park Association, and Metro Parks Serving Summit County.
 
Location. 41° 5.097′ N, 81° 31.023′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street (Ohio Route 18/162), on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
2. Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United Rubber Workers International Union (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (about 700 feet away); Howard Street District (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Portage Path (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Akron.
 
Also see . . .  History of Akron, Ohio. (Submitted on October 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Empire House Photo on Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Empire House Photo on Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker
Photo on Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
4. Photo on Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker
[Caption reads] Downtown Akron, looking south along Howard Street. Traffic jams in Akron! This photo shows a busy and crowded downtown. The building to the right is the P.D. Hall & Co. General Store.
Map on Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1840
5. Map on Creating Crossroads of Commerce Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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