Boston Township in Peninsula in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Boston, the oldest village in Summit County, was first settled by surveyor James Stanford in 1806. The village's first mill was built in 1821, and the Ohio & Erie Canal's arrival in 1827 expanded opportunities for commerce and industry. Many boat builders and canal boatmen lived in Boston. By 1850 Boston grew into a town with a broom factory, brewery, brickyard, gristmill, sawmill, numerous stores, and several boat building yards.
With the decline of canal traffic in the 1860s, Boston slumbered until the arrival of the Valley Railway in 1880. The town boomed in 1900 when the [Cleveland] Akron Bag Company started operations here on the Cuyahoga, hired many Polish immigrants, and built company houses along Main Street. Since the early 1900s, Boston's size and street pattern have changed very little, allowing it to retain the feeling of a small canal and mill town.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 41° 15.802′ N, 81° 33.51′ W. Marker was in Peninsula, Ohio, in Summit County. It was in Boston Township. Marker was at the intersection of Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Boston Mills Road (County Road 32), on the right when traveling south on Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Marker is adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Boston Store Visitor Center, on Boston Mills Road, about 700 feet east of Riverview Road, and adjacent to the former Ohio & Erie Canal. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1550 Boston Mills Rd, Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America.
We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Early 1900s Boston (here, next to this marker); Building a Canal Boat (a few steps from this marker); Fortunes Rise and Fall (a few steps from this marker); Bustling Boat-Building Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio & Erie Canalway (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Cuyahoga Valley National ParkA River Renewed (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boston Mills Road Bridge (about 600 feet away).
Also see . . .
1. Boston Mills Historic District. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Ohio and Erie Canalway. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos: 1. submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on May 29, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.