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Railroads signaled changing times for the canals, making them obsolete before they were even finished.
Only five years after the first spadesful of dirt on the Miami and Erie Canal had been dug, trains were already rolling into Ohio.
In 1839, travel on this section of the Miami and Erie Canal cost passengers 3-6 cents a mile at a pace of 4 mph. Moving at 30 mph, trains left the canals behind.
This bridge, built in 1876, operated alongside the canal for over 40 years.
The Miami and Erie Canal
Fares: 3-6 cents per mile
The Miami and Erie Canal was 249 miles long
• Texas, Ohio (1 hour trip)
• Napoleon, Ohio (3 hours)
• Cincinnati, Ohio (5 days)
Canal boats only operated from first thaw to first freeze, making it hard to compete with trains running year-round.
Erected by Toledo Area MetroParks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars
Location. 41° 24.925′ N, 83° 51.764′ W. Marker is in Providence, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on South River Road (Route 24) 0.2 miles west of Grand Rapids Road (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. A Dam With A View (a few steps from this marker); Issac Ludwig Historic Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Power: Turbines and Races (within shouting distance of this marker); Tough Times On The Towpath (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Towpath Trail (about 400 feet away); The Oberle Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Through The Eyes Of An Artist (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Rapids (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 34 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.