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

The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal

 
 
The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
1. The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal Marker
Inscription.  Officially opening on August 4, 1840, the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal followed the route of present railroad tracks through Munroe Falls approximately one thousand feet south of this marker. This 82-mile long “feeder canal” connected the Beaver Valley canal system at New Castle, Pennsylvania with the Ohio and Erie Canal in Akron, thereby linking Pittsburgh with Cleveland and the western Great Lakes. Many communities along the canal’s path became linked to national and world commerce through their establishment as canal ports.

New England investor Edmund Munroe purchased property and water rights along the canal’s proposed route, and in 1837 established the Munroe Falls Manufacturing Company. The village of Munroe Falls incorporated on October 26, 1838. When this section of the canal closed in 1869, the waterway through Monroe Falls was filled and railroad tracks were laid over its path. A portion of the canal bed is still visible east of State Route 91.
 
Erected 1999 by the City of Munroe Falls, Munroe Falls Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-77.)
The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
2. The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal Marker

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 8.558′ N, 81° 26.285′ W. Marker is in Munroe Falls, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on North Main Street (Ohio Route 91) south of North River Road, on the right when traveling north. It is in Brust Park, in the parking lot, just across the Cuyahoga River from downtown Munroe Falls. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Munroe Falls OH 44262, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Silver Lake / Silver Lake Amusement Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); High Bridge Glens (approx. 2˝ miles away); History of 1832 Front Street (approx. 2˝ miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tallmadge Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Tallmadge Circle (Public Square) (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old Town Hall and Academy (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kent State University (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Regarding The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal. Those “present railroad tracks through Munroe Falls approximately one thousand feet south of this marker” are across the Cuyahoga River from the marker’s location. In 1884 railroad tracks were laid in the former canal bed by the Pittsburgh
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and Western Railroad. These tracks were doubled in 1900 following the purchase of the railroad by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Today they are owned by CSX Transportation.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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