Carroll in Fairfield County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected by Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Ohio Bicentennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 47.983′ N, 82° 42.421′ W. Marker is in Carroll, Ohio, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and Columbia-Lancaster Road (U.S. 33), on the right on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carroll OH 43112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bell From Schoolhouse on High Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Bessie Benson Memorial Park History (approx. ¼ mile away); Carroll War Memorials (approx. ¼ mile away); Junction of the Ohio Erie and Lancaster Lateral Canals (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ohio's Canal SystemBloom Township War and Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Liberty Union VFW Post 3761 Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Canal Winchester and the Ohio and Erie Canal (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carroll.
Regarding Carroll. At first glance, this may appear to be just your typical welcome to our town type sign, not an historical marker. In truth, the marker does state a year and an historical fact. Carroll was formed, and still exists today because the Ohio, Erie and Hocking Canals came together at this point.
In the heyday of the canals, the city boasted 200 inhabitents with three hotels to care for the transients involved with the canal business. The town's streets were even laid out so as to take the most advantage of the canals. But it was not long before the coming of the railroad made canals obsolete. The last boats passed through the canal in 1897.
The railroads completely bypassed the town in those early days, a tragedy that killed many a small town in the midwest. Still, Carroll, Ohio had survived long enough to grow community bonds, and these bonds held the town together. You can read more about the town's history at the link below.
Also see . . . Looking Back at Carroll. Looking at Carroll today, it is hard to understand why a town was ever laid out in this location. There was no major cross road, the railroad missed the town completely, and the business houses catered only to the surrounding farming community. ...there was, indeed a reason for its existence. That reason was that the junction of the Ohio and Hocking Canals... (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 804 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 9, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on October 31, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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