Tempers Explode As Dams Get Built
Rising Water and Rising Tempers
Legend has it that construction wasn't easy. All towns wanted the canal because it brought them prosperity. The townsfolk living across the river in Gilead (Grand Rapids) were so angry that their town was not on the canal route that they would sneak out at night and blow up any construction. Finally, Ohio built a side cut, or extension of the canal, to extend commerce to Gilead's side of the river as well.
Originally built from timber in the 1830s,
this roller mill dam raised and maintained
water levels for the Miami and Erie Canal
at the village of Providence. Roller mill
dams also helped control bank erosion,
a serious threat to the canals. The
Providence Dam was reinforced with
concrete in 1908 and again in 1991.
Measuring 1,888 feet long and 8 feet; 5
inches tall, the dam is an impressive display
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Miami & Erie Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 41° 25.01′ N, 83°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water's Way: Flood And Ice (a few steps from this marker); Foundations From The Past (a few steps from this marker); Providence Historical District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 150th Anniversary of the Great Starvation (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Patrick Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Rapids Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Lasting Legacy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thurston Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Additional keywords. sabotage
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 38 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.