Independence in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam
Independence Dam, located on the Maumee River just below here, was built to provide slack water for the canal. It derived its name from a town a mile up stream which sprang up during the canal construction period. Independence grew into a thriving center of commerce, rivaling Defiance at one time, but, like many canal “boom towns,” it all but disappeared when the canal was abandoned.
Erected 1954 by Fort Defiance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 41° 17.576′ N, 84° 17.034′ W. Marker is in Independence, Ohio, in Defiance County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 424 and Independence Road, on the left when traveling west on State Route 424. This historical marker is located just east of Independence, Ohio along what is left of the old Wabash & Erie and Miami & Erie Canal (between the Maumee River and State Route 424). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Independence OH 44131, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Canals (here, next to this marker); Winchester's Camp No. 3/Fort Starvation / The Old Kentucky Burial Grounds (approx. 1.1 miles away); Winchester's Camp #2 / Preston Island (approx. 3.3 miles away); Coohcooche (approx. 3.3 miles away); Shawnee Glen (approx. 3.4 miles away); Johnny Appleseed (approx. 3.6 miles away); Chief Pontiac Pontiac Birthplace (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
More about this marker. This historical marker is situated at the location of canal lock number #13, very near the Indepenence Dam.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on March 10, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.