Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A New Champion for an Old Canal
The Ohio & Erie Canal is an early 19th-century creation built to meet growing transportation needs. The Towpath Trail is a late 20th-century creation, built because visionary individuals saw new uses for the abandoned canal. One of these individuals was Congressman Ralph Regula.
From his farm near the rural canal town Navarre, Regula watched the growth of suburbs and realized that he needed to take action to protect canal resources and the natural landscape. His vision became a green pathway tying together communities along the historic route of the canal.
Regula's vision was realized when Congress enacted his bill creating the Ohio & Erie Canalway in 1996. The legacy of his inspiring commitment will endure through the generations.
"He acts with one question in mind: What do we want this land to be like in 100 years?"
- Akron Beacon Journal, October 12, 1998
The Ohio & Erie Canalway stretches 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia. Regula's efforts towards its creation span over 30 years. His first success came in 1964 when he orchestrated the transfer of canal lands from the State to
Elected to Congress in 1972, Regula teamed with Congressman John Seiberling to introduce the legislation that created Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 1974. Two decades later, he fully achieved his vision with the establishment of the canalway.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is October 12, 1998.
Location. 41° 15.778′ N, 81° 33.51′ W. Marker is in Boston, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on the path leading from the parking lot to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Boston Store Visitor Center, off Boston Mills Road, about 700 feet east of Riverview Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Linking the Wilderness to the World (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (a few steps from this marker); Ohio & Erie Canalway (a few steps from this marker); Boston Store (a few steps from this marker); Boston (within shouting distance of this marker); Early 1900s Boston (within shouting distance Building a Canal Boat (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortunes Rise and Fall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Also see . . .
1. The Ohio and Erie Canalway. Website homepage (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Boston Mills Historic District. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 21, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Ralph Regula. Biographical Directory of the US Congress website entry (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail Park. Ohio State Parks website entry (Submitted on July 21, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.