Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site
The Ohio & Erie Canal was completed from Cleveland to Akron in 1827. From the Mustill Site, the canal rose 15 locks to the summit in Akron. The “Cascade Mill Race,” built by Dr. Eliakim Crosby in 1832, paralleled the canal, creating a large manufacturing center of mills that derived water power from the Little Cuyahoga River. The canal carried products north to Lake Erie or south to the Ohio River reaching worldwide ports. In March 1913 flood ended canal operations in this area.
The Mustill house and store are survivors of Akron’s canal era and date to the 1840s. Joseph and Sarah Mustill moved their family from England to Akron in 1833 and owned the store and Greek Revival house at Lock 15 on the Ohio & Erie Canal. Three generations of Mustills lived and worked the grocery business at Lock 15. first Joseph and Sarah, then son Fred with his wife Emma, and their children Maria, Frederick, Edwin and Franklin. A popular place to buy or barter goods, the store served canallers, farmers, craftsmen, and neighbors for many years.
Erected 2002 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1913.
Location. 41° 5.485′ N, 81° 31.078′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of West North Street and Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, on the right when traveling west on West North Street. It is in the parking lot for the Cascade Locks Park Association Mustill Store Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 W North St, Akron OH 44304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard Street District (approx. 0.3 miles away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. 0.4 miles away); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 0.4 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. half a mile away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Contributions Of African Americans To Akron's Rubber Industry Contributions Of Women To Akron's Rubber Industry (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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