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Newark in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ohio & Erie Canal

 
 
Ohio & Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
1. Ohio & Erie Canal Marker
Inscription.  
Making the final leg of her journey on the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1840, sixteen-year-old Ellen Snell traveled 4,000 miles from her home in England to a country totally foreign to her. The Snell family were like many immigrants before and after them. They did not know the canal that brought them to their new home would also bring prosperity to Licking County, or that ground was broken for the canal in 1825 just four miles away from downtown Newark. However, their journey was a reflection of the canal's importance.

Newark's location on the canal system, which linked the city to the rest of the nation and in Ellen's case the world - helped bring a new wave of people, business, and industry to the city.

Believe it or not… you are standing on the old canal bed! It ran through downtown Newark between Canal Street and Market Street.

1825
July 4, 1825 Canal groundbreaking near present-day Heath.

1830
Buckeye Lake was built as a reservoir to provide water for the canal.

The canal did not have a natural current, so canal boats needed to be
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pulled by horses. The paths the horses walked along were called towpaths.

Buckeye Lake, which is roughly eleven miles south of Newark, was built between 1826 and 1830 to act as a reservoir to provide water for the canal system.

The current location of The Works parking lot, once the site of the canal.
 
Erected by The Works R Ohio Center for History, Arts & Technology.
 
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 date for this entry is July 4, 1825.
 
Location. 40° 3.423′ N, 82° 23.966′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and East Market Street, on the right when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 S 2nd St, Newark OH 43055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In loving memory of Herbert A. Odle (here, next to this marker); Railroads (a few steps from this marker); The Interurban Railway (a few steps from this marker); The National Road (a few steps from this marker); The Interstate Highway System (within shouting distance of this
Ohio & Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
2. Ohio & Erie Canal Marker
marker); Footpaths & Waterways (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Streetscape & History Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Newark Native Jerryie Mock (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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