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

A Tight Fit

A Tight Fit Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 3, 2022
1. A Tight Fit Marker
This model shows a boat that has entered Lock 29 from the north. It is heading south – upstream – towards Akron. Most locks were 90 feet long from gate to gate. Walls were 15 feet apart. Boats were up to 75 feet long and up to 14 feet side, so they nearly filled the lock.

1. Boat approaches the lock from the lower, downstream level of the canal. The lower gates are open and the boat enters the lock.
2. Lower gates and their wickets, or valves, are closed. Wickets in upper gates are opened, allowing water to rise to the canal’s upstream level.
3. Upper gates are opened and the boat exits.

Water Levels in the Lock
The lower mark on the wall in front of you indicates the downstream water level in the lock – four feet – when the boat enters the lock to head toward Akron.

The upper mark shows the upstream water level – 15 feet – when the boat exits the lock into the aqueduct.

Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker
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is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal series list.
Location. 41° 14.58′ N, 81° 33.029′ W. Marker is in Peninsula, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from Mill Street West north of North Locust Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker can be accessed from the Canal Lock 29 Trailhead Parking Lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Riverview 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. Lock 29 (here, next to this marker); Canal Builders (here, next to this marker); Peninsula (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (a few steps from this marker); Gristmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Village and River Linked (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Peninsula (about 400 feet away); Life on a Crooked River (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peninsula.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
A Tight Fit Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 3, 2022
2. A Tight Fit Marker
Marker is inside Canal Lock 29 on the left.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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