Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Creating Crossroads of Commerce
Ohio & Erie Canalway
You are near "Hall's Corners," the center of Akron's first business district, named after the general store that once stood at the corner of Market and Howard streets. Across Market Street from where you are standing, was the Empire House, the most modern hotel in northern Ohio at the time. Right next to the Empire House, the Pennsylvania & Ohio (P&O) Canal ran down the middle of Main Street, providing a direct water link to Pittsburgh. The Ohio & Erie Canal flowed two blocks to the west. Together, these canals helped the "city at the summit" become a frontier boomtown.
Did You Know…
For decades Hall's Corners merchants controlled the P&O Canal and enjoyed a monopoly on Akron's commerce. Once the canal closed in 1884, business waned as new stores, hotels and attractions opened along the newly paved Main Street.
Erected by City of Akron, Cascade Locks Park Association, and Metro Parks Serving Summit County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 41° 5.097′ N, 81° 31.023′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street (Ohio Route 18/162), on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United Rubber Workers International Union (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (about 700 feet away); Howard Street District (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Akron Community Service Center and Urban League (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . . History of Akron, Ohio. (Submitted on October 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.