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

Tough Times On The Towpath

 
 
Tough Times On The Towpath Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 16, 2019
1. Tough Times On The Towpath Marker
Inscription.  
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 & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & 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 near Grand Rapids, Ohio, in Lucas
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County. It is in Providence Township. Marker is on South River Road (U.S. 24) 0.1 miles west of Grand Rapids Road (Ohio Route 295), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12630 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. Whalers And Wickets Of Lock 44 (here, next to 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Rapids.
 
Tough Times On The Towpath Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 16, 2019
2. Tough Times On The Towpath 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 110 times since then and 21 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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