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

The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site

 
 
The Cascade Valley side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
1. The Cascade Valley side of Marker
Inscription.  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
The Mustill Site side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
2. The Mustill Site side of marker
Commission, the Longaberger Company, Cascade Locks Park Association, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 22-77.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
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); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.6 miles away); Akron Community Service Center and Urban League (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
 
Also see . . .  Mustill Store. This page
The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
3. The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site Marker
contains photographs of the Mustill store. Excerpt:
The restored Mustill Store and butcher shop, now a museum as well as visitors center for Cascade Locks Park, is one of the oldest structures in Akron, dating from about 1847. Located next to the store is the restored Mustill House where the family lived. Canal boats often tied up in the wide basin just north of Lock 15, to shop or trade at this market. The Mustill Store also catered to Akron residents, who frequently ran into “canalers” in the store. Three generations of Mustills serviced canal users until the late 1880s. The Mustill Store Museum is free to the general public, handicap accessible, and perfect for all ages.
(Submitted on November 21, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Mustill House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
4. The Mustill House
Ohio & Erie Canal Lock 15 at the Mustill Site image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
5. Ohio & Erie Canal Lock 15 at the Mustill Site
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 5 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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