Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Canal Terminus / Manhattan
Ohio Historical Marker
The original northernmost lock in a canal system which linked Lake Erie with the Ohio River was located near the foot of LaSalle Street. Indiana’s Wabash & Erie Canal (1843 – 1874) joined Ohio’s Miami & Erie Canal (1845 – 1913) near Defiance and shared the same course to this location. Toledo’s Swan Creek side cut became the northern terminus in 1864.
Founded in 1835, by the following year Manhattan was a thriving village of 500 inhabitants. It boasted warehouses, docks, a hotel, a post office, a newspaper, and the first bank in Lucas County. Commercial rival, Toledo, won the canal business and Buffalo investors withdrew their support. Manhattan collapsed overnight. The state of Ohio abandoned the Toledo-to-Manhattan canal link in 1864.
Erected 1988 by Riverside Hospital, Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 26–48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, the The Miami & Erie Canal, and the Wabash & Erie Canal series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 41° 41.31′ N, 83° 29.112′ W. Marker was in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker was at the intersection of Summit Street and Marina Road, on the right when traveling north on Summit Street. This historical marker was located in Toledo's north end neighborhood, near the water front, in front of the City of Toledo’s water sanitation facility. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Toledo OH 43608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Dempsey-Willard Fight (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lucas County Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lucas County Iraq Veterans Memorial (approx. Lucas County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Lucas County Korea Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Lucas County WWII Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Lucas County WWI Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Lucas County Spanish American Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
Regarding Canal Terminus / Manhattan. This markered marks the northern terminus the longest artificial water way in the United States, the Wabash & Erie Canal.
1. Marker is missing
My wife and I visited this site today and it appears this marker is missing.
— Submitted May 25, 2019, by Myron Charles Collins of Toledo, Ohio.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,604 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 28, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.