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St. Catharines in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Lock 24 - First Welland Canal

 
 
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
1. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historical marker.
Inscription. A timber lock with inside dimensions of 33.7m (108 ft.) by 6.6m (22 ft.) was constructed on this site between 1824 and 1827. The lock walls consisted of earth filled cribs 5.2m (16 ft) thick and 7.6m (25 ft) deep. This was the 24th lock of 39 that lifted ships from Port Dalhousie on Lake Ontario up the Niagara Escarpment to Port Robinson on the Chippawa Creek. From there they proceeded into the Niagara River and on to Lake Erie. Each lock lifted a ship an average of 3m (10ft). This canal opened in November 1829 and operated in spite of considerable maintenance problems, until stone locks were completed just south of this site in 1845. Lock 24 of the first canal lay submerged in water or buried until it was excavated and studied in 1987 by the Welland Canals Preservation Association with the assistance of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture.
 
Erected by Welland Canal Society.
 
Location. 43° 8.087′ N, 79° 12.562′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Merritt Street just east of Glendale Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Exit Hwy 406 at Glendale Avenue Travel east on Glendale approximately 600 meters until reaching Merritt Street.
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
2. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker
View of the historical marker.
Turn right onto Merritt Street and continue for approximately 400 meters. A hidden driveway on the right hand side (between 183 and 185 Merritt Street) gives access to Mountain Locks Park. Limited parking is available on the grass at the top of the driveway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 183 Merritt St., St. Catharines, Ontario L2T 1J6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of John Bean, Ph.D., M.D. (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Arthur S. Whelan (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Beaver Dams (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Laura Ingersoll Secord (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); In Memory of Unknown American Soldiers (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); The Founding of Thorold (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Vertical Lift Bridges (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); Bollards & Fairleads (approx. 2.6 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
More about this marker. The driveway off of Merritt Street, that provides access to this historical marker, is indeed hidden and easy to completely miss. A useful landmark to use to help and locate this driveway is the business sign, that is very near the edge of Merritt street, of Scotty's Auto & Truck Service. It is this company's driveway, on
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
3. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground, and the site of Lock 24, near the distant treeline, in the background.
the uphill side of Merritt Street, that provides access to both this business facility and the Mountain Locks Park, which are both located some distance uphill and off of Merritt Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Old Welland Canals Field Guide. This is a link to information provided by the oldwellandcanals website. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Abandoned Ontario: the old Welland Canals. This is a link to information provided by the SkyscraperCity website. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Welland Canal. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. First Welland Canal - Lock 24. This is a link to information provided by the niagaragreenbelt.com website. (Submitted on June 21, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
4. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker
Distant view of the historical marker and of the location of Lock 24.
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
5. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal
View of the site of Lock 24.
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
6. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal
Close-up view of some of the remaining ruins from Lock 24.
Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
7. Lock 24 - First Welland Canal Marker
A distant view of both the historical marker and the remaining ruins of Lock 24 on the right, and a view of the hidden driveway that provides access to the site on the left.
Access to the First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
8. Access to the First Welland Canal Marker
View of the Merritt Street level access to the hidden driveway that leads up the side of the hill to Lock 24 of the First Welland Canal.
Access to the First Welland Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
9. Access to the First Welland Canal Marker
View of the business sign, situated along Merritt Street, that marks the location of the hidden driveway, that provides access to Lock 24.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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