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Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Columbus Feeder Canal / The Ohio- Erie Canal

 
 
Columbus Feeder Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
1. Columbus Feeder Canal Marker
close up, showing text; Side A
Inscription.
(side A)
Columbus Feeder Canal

Col. Nathaniel McLean removed the first earth for the Columbus Feeder Canal not far from this site, April 27, 1827. The earth was wheeled away by Ralph Osborn and Henry Brown, auditor and treasurer of the state, amid the cheers of a thousand Columbus and Franklin County citizens. Four years later on September 23, the first canal boat, the “General Brown” arrived here. It had been launched in Circleville and, traveling at a rate of almost four miles per hour, had taken two days to reach Columbus. Two days later, the first freight or line boats arrived amid much enthusiasm. A national salute was fired and Col. William Doherty, welcomed the captains of the boats. On their return south, a number of ladies and gentlemen rode the boats to the Four Mile Lock.

The Columbus Feeder Canal was eleven miles long and joined the main Ohio-Erie Canal at Lockbourne. It provided Columbus and Franklin County with badly needed transportation and water power. Many mills and factories once lined the course. Boats ceased operating on the Columbus Feeder Canal in 1904.

(side B)
The Ohio-Erie Canal

Amide much fanfare and celebration, work was begun on the Ohio- Erie Canal. It was destined to be the first of three canals to link
The Ohio-Erie Canal marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
2. The Ohio-Erie Canal marker
close up, showing text; Side B
the two greatest waterway systems in the United States — the Ohio-Misissippi and the Great Lakes. The place was the Licking Summit near Newark, Ohio: the date July 4, 1825. Gov. Dewitt Clinton of New York and Gov. Jeremiah Morrow of Ohio turned the first earth of the “big ditch.”

Two years later to the day, the canal boat “State of Ohio” made the first trip from Akron to Cleveland on the northern section of the canal. In 1831, the entire 331 mile system, including 25 miles of feeder canals, was finished. Corn, wheat, oats, tobacco, flour, and pork then began to move in increasing quantities to New York and New Orleans markets. In return, salt and numerous manufactured articles were received to boom the state’s economy. Passenger travel was also brisk on the comfortable packet boats.

But with the coming of the railroads, the canals’ days were numbered. By the early 1900’s, the entire system had been abandoned. A colorful and important chapter in the Ohio story had come to an end.
Sponsored 1959 by The Engineers Club of Columbus

 
Erected 1959 by The Engineers Club of Columbus, The Franklin County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 57.355′ N, 83° 0.299′ W. Marker is in
Columbus Feeder Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
3. Columbus Feeder Canal Marker
full view of marker; Side A, with construction of new "river walk" visible in the background
Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 62) and South Civic Center Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located along the Lower Scioto Greenway in John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battleship U.S.S. Ohio (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johann Christian Heyl (approx. 0.3 miles away); America’s Pioneer Kindergarten (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Broad Street Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The State House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scioto River Historical Marker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Additional keywords. Ohio- Erie Canal
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Ohio-Erie Canal marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
4. The Ohio-Erie Canal marker
full view of marker; Side B. Looking back into John Galbreath Park, with the Columbus Cultural Arts Center in the background.
Columbus Feeder Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
5. Columbus Feeder Canal Marker
marker can be seen at a distance, in the midst of a construction zone.
The Ohio-Erie Canal marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
6. The Ohio-Erie Canal marker
map portion of Side B
Columbus Feeder Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
7. Columbus Feeder Canal Marker
park sign, near the corner of Main and 2nd
Columbus Feeder Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
8. Columbus Feeder Canal Marker
crest on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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