Tough Times On The Towpath
Life was not easy for the 50,000 people who called Ohio home at the beginning of the canal era.
It was difficult to send goods, travel and receive mail. Governor Ethan Allan Brown authorized canal construction to help ease the hardship.
Unable to pay many workers their 30 cents a day in cash, the state resorted to a 'jigger' ration, or shot of whisky. Men digging the "ditch” drank heavily to drown their troubles and stave off diseases such as malaria and cholera often called the "Maumee Fever."
To add insult to injury, railroads moving
many times faster than any canal boat
soon became the preferred way to go.
Erected by Toledo Area MetroParks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Miami & Erie Canal series list.
Location. 41° 24.932′ N, 83° 51.691′ W. Marker is in Providence, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Towpath Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Power: Turbines and Races (within shouting distance of this marker); Issac Ludwig Historic Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); A Dam With A View (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Next Stop: Backruptcy! (about 300 feet away); The Oberle Hotel (about 500 feet away); Through The Eyes Of An Artist (about 500 feet away); Dominick Labino (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.