“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Ohio & Erie Canalway

110 Miles, Endless Possibilities

Ohio & Erie Canalway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
1. Ohio & Erie Canalway Marker
The Ohio & Erie Canalway celebrates the first 110 miles of a waterway that helped the nation grow.

Dug by hand from 1825 to 1832, the Ohio & Erie Canal was the first canal west of the Appalachian Mountains. It connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River, providing a key link in an interstate shipping route.

People and products flowed across America. Canal towns became major commercial centers. Ohio grew in population and wealth.

Today, you can explore he lasting impact of this historic public works project. Travel along the Canalway’s three spines (see sidebar). Discover how culture, recreation, and natural beauty are being revitalized by this national heritage area.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The railroad offers scenic tours, events, programs, and bike-train combination trips between Independence and Akron.

Towpath Trail. In the 1800s, mules walked this path to pull canal boats. Today, you can run, hike, cross-country ski, and bike from Cleveland south to Tuscarawas County.

America’s Byway. Take a scenic driver along this 110-mile nationally
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designated route. Follow the signs through historic communities with canal-era roots.

Usually powered by three mules, canal boats traveled at four miles per hour. This was “rapid transit” in the mid-1800s.

Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 41° 15.783′ N, 81° 33.513′ W. Marker is in Boston, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boston Mills Road and Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1550 Boston Mills Rd, Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (here, next to this marker); Early 1900s Boston (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Canal Boat (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortunes Rise and Fall (within shouting distance of this marker); Bustling Boat-Building Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Ohio & Erie Canalway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
2. Ohio & Erie Canalway Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A River Renewed (about 500 feet away); A River, Canal, and Railroad Town (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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