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Near Botzum in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lock 25

Botzum Businesses

 
 
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Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 3, 2022
1. Lock 25 Marker
Inscription.  Most valley families pieced together a living, earning income in different ways. In the mid to late 1800s the Botzums were the most prosperous family in the area. John August Botzum owned a canal boat, sawmill, general store, and farm. He and his siblings were involved in other businesses associated with the canal and with raising livestock.

The family’s success was remarkable, given their harrowing start in the United States. George and Katherine Botzum emigrated from Germany with seven children in 1836. They settled in Ohio after narrowly escaping being sold into slavery by a dishonest agent in New York City. Conrad was born later that year.

[Caption]: The Conrad Botzum Farmstead nearby is now owned by the National Park Service. Conrad’s great-granddaughter, Maureen Winklemann, and her husband leased the property in 1998.

[Caption]: Louise and Conrad Botzum
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Lock 25 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 3, 2022
2. Lock 25 Marker
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Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
 
Location. 41° 10.536′ N, 81° 34.766′ W. Marker is near Botzum, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on Riverview Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44313, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock 24 (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); From Salvage Yard to Beaver Marsh (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lock 26 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cuyahoga River (approx. one mile away); Ira Cemetery Information Board (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ohio & Erie Canalway (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Lock 25 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 3, 2022
3. Lock 25 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 1, 2022