Cleves in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William Henry Harrison / and the Cincinnati & Whitewater Canal
side A (south)
Harrison, later to become the ninth president of the United States, was a strong supporter of the Cincinnati & Whitewater Canal project and a major subscriber of stock in the canal company. He sold land from his North Bend farm for the canal and tunnel right- of-way and provided clay and cordwood for manufacturing the bricks for the tunnel. On March 31, 1836, the steamer Moselle carried passengers from Cincinnati to the Harrison farm to witness the canal groundbreaking ceremonies. After his death in 1841, President Harrison was laid to rest in a tomb on the hill a few hundred feet above the North Bend portal of the tunnel.
side B (north)
In 1837, Cincinnati merchants projected a branch canal to join the Whitewater canal at West Harrison, Indiana, with the goal of tapping commerce from Indiana’s Whitewater Valley. The major obstacle on the route was the ridge between North Bend and Cleves, just northeast of this site. Engineer Darius Lapham designed a 1,782- foot tunnel through this barrier. Lined with brick made on site, the tunnel, 24 feet wide, and 20 ½ feet high,
Erected 2000 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission The Longaberger Basket Company The Three Rivers Historical Society The Canal Society of Ohio The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 20-31.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 31, 1836.
Location. 39° 9.304′ N, 84° 44.948′ W. Marker is in Cleves, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Miami Avenue on Miami Avenue. marker is on the west side of Miami Ave., about 1000 feet north of Brower Road/Taylor Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 465 S Miami Ave, Cleves OH 45002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Frontier Politician Harrison Tomb And Congress Green Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); President Harrison (approx. 0.3 miles away); The River And The Land (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tippecanoe And Tyler Too! (approx. 0.3 miles away); Child Of The Revolution (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Ensign To Captain (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Henry Harrison Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.