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Chilo in Clermont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour

Chilo: Living and Working with the Ohio River

 
 
The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 6, 2021
1. The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker
Inscription.  
Welcome to the Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour. Imagine the sights and sounds of the Chilo Lock and Dam. Boats sounding their horns, the lock gates rolling closed, workers' shouts as the wicket dam is raised and lowered…

Other sounds included children's laughter, a mother calling a child home and a dog barking. Chilo Lock and Dam was its own community. As you stroll through the grounds of the lock and dam, place yourself back in the 1930s. Picture the hard work and good fun that happened here and in the village of Chilo.

Stories
"If a child was caught where that child was not supposed to be, he or she could be spanked by anyone as if they were their own child."
Everett Rigdon

A Boom for the Community
In 1929, the Village of Chilo had a population of roughly 400 people. The influx of the lock and dam populace created an economic boom during a slow financial time. Lock and dam residents depended on the village of Chilo for groceries, gas, churches and schools.

Community Living
When the Chilo Lock and Dam opened in 1929, eight dwellings were homes for workers

The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 6, 2021
2. The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker
and their families. Although not all employees lived on the site, the lock and dam's population hovered at around 35-40 men, women and children. In addition to housing, a community garage and gardens were provided.
 
Erected by Clermont County Park District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 47.374′ N, 84° 7.929′ W. Marker is in Chilo, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker is on County Park Road 0.2 miles south of Ohio River Scenic Byway (U.S. 52), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 County Park Rd, Chilo OH 45112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Search Lights (here, next to this marker); The Flood of 1937 (a few steps from this marker); Water Highways (a few steps from this marker); Chilo Lock & Dam #34 Powerhouse (a few steps from this marker); Replacing Chilo (a few steps from this marker); The "Rye" Field and Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Locking Through (within shouting distance of this marker); The Assistant Lockmaster's House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chilo.
 
The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 6, 2021
3. The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker
The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 6, 2021
4. The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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