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

Milan Canal Basin


Milan Canal Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, March 6, 2010
1. Milan Canal Basin Marker
Inscription.  Milan was a leading Great Lakes port after the completion of the 3-mile Milan Canal in 1839. Center of activity was the Milan Basin at this site where produce was brought from area farms for shipment to lake and world ports through 14 warehouses by as many as 20 schooners a day. Seventy-five vessels were built in the basin. Railroad competition and the flood of 1868 ended Milan's port activity.
Erected 1966 by The Ohio Historical Society and The Milan Historical Museum. (Marker Number 4-22.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 41° 18.017′ N, 82° 36.267′ W. Marker is in Milan, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on North Edison Drive, 0.1 miles north of Front Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milan OH 44846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
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this marker. Edison Recalls Milan / Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison (a few steps from this marker); Thomas A. Edison Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Edison Statue On Bench (within shouting distance of this marker); Milan's Hogback (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huron Institute Bell (about 500 feet away); Original Bell Installed May 1891 (about 800 feet away); Thomas Alva Edison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milan Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milan.
Also see . . .  The Milan Canal - Milan, Ohio. (Submitted on January 27, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
The basin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 27, 2022
2. The basin
Milan Canal Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, October 23, 2015
3. Milan Canal Basin Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 27, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on May 31, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.   3. submitted on November 16, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 11, 2023