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Providence Township near Grand Rapids in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Through The Eyes Of An Artist

 
 
Through The Eyes Of An Artist Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 16, 2019
1. Through The Eyes Of An Artist Marker
Inscription.  
The ghost town of Providence was once a booming city with warehouses, shops, and the canal.

Colorful characters such as these would have been seen throughout canal towns and villages. Thanks to illustrator Bill Kuhlman we have a peek at what our past may have looked like.

Did you know?
Our 20th U.S. president, James A. Garfield worked as a mule driver on the Ohio and Erie Canal in Ohio.

The Artist
William A. Kuhlman was raised along the Maumee River and spent most of his life in, on, or around the water. As an illustrator, he spent more than six decades working for a variety of corporate clients. Starting in the 1960s, Bill turned his love of nature and the Metroparks into a long artistic partnership. His wildlife and historic illustrations enriched visitor experiences not only throughout the Metroparks, but in many other Ohio locations.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce
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Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #20 James A. Garfield, and the The Miami & Erie Canal series lists.
 
Location. 41° 24.922′ N, 83° 51.585′ W. Marker is near Grand Rapids, Ohio, in Lucas County. It is in Providence Township. Marker is at the intersection of South River Road (U.S. 24) and Grand Rapids Road (Ohio Route 295), on the right when traveling east on South River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12415 Grand Rapids Rd, Grand Rapids OH 43522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oberle Hotel (here, next to this marker); The Towpath Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whalers And Wickets Of Lock 44 (about 500 feet away); Tough Times On The Towpath (about 500 feet away); Water Power: Turbines and Races (about 600 feet away); Issac Ludwig Historic Mill (about 600 feet away); Welcome (about 700 feet away); Miami & Erie Canal (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Rapids.
 
Through The Eyes Of An Artist Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 16, 2019
2. Through The Eyes Of An Artist Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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