Independence in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam / Two Canals
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam
Through this lock passed many canal boats carrying produce, goods, and passengers not only from Ohio and Indiana but from as far south as New Orleans and as far east as New York City. Boats were drawn by horses, or more often by mules, 2 to 6 in number depending on the size of the load. Spare animals were either carried on board the boats, to the discomfort of the passengers, or stabled along the canal. Speeds varied from 5 to 8 miles per hour. There were also, on the canal, huge rafts of logs cut from the virgin forests. These were floated to mills, operated by canal water power, and sawed into lumber for many uses.
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.
This marker is on the trunk line of both the Miami &
Erected 1954 by Fort Defiance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1832.
Location. 41° 17.576′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28083 OH-424, Independence OH 44131, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Canals (here, next to this marker); Site of Lock No. 13 (within shouting distance of this marker); You Are On The Buckeye Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); 70 Vet Survivors of C.C.C. Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Kentucky & Ohio Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Winchester's Camp No. 3/Fort Starvation / The Old Kentucky Burial Grounds (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Starvation (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site Of Mamie - Bessie Nagel Farm (approx. 2.1 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 April 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,375 times since then and 108 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos: 1. submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2. submitted on January 29, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on March 10, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.