Zoar in Tuscarawas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio and Erie Canal
Construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal, beginning in Cleveland and running south to Portsmouth, began in 1825. As a means to pay for debts on the community's 5,500 acres of Tuscarawas County land, members of the Society of Separatists of Zoar contracted to construct this portion of the canal. They received $21,000 for this work, which was completed in 1827. Surplus goods were transported on Society owned and operated canal boats to outside markets via the Ohio and Erie Canal, which also brought manufactured items into Zoar.
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Canal use declined steadily after the 1850s when railroads became the most efficient mode of transportation. Despite attempts to keep the canal economically viable, a widespread flood in 1913 spelled disaster for the Ohio and Erie Canal as a transportation system. A fish hatchery, created by sectioning off portions of the canal after the flood, was maintained until the construction of the Zoar Levee in 1935. The canal's towpath is currently being used as a recreational trail and within a few hundred yards of this
Erected 2002 by Tuscarawas County and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-79.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 40° 36.421′ N, 81° 25.613′ W. Marker is in Zoar, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County. Marker is at the intersection of Dover Zoar Road NE (County Route 82) and Towpath Road NE (County Route 111), on the right when traveling north on Dover Zoar Road NE. Located at Canal Lands Park, southwest of Zoar. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zoar OH 44697, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trailhead (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome To Zoar (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cow Barn Foundation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zoar Town Hall / Zoar and The Ohio & Erie Canal (approx. half a mile away); Zoar Village (approx. half a mile away); Zoar Garden (approx. half a mile away); Oldest Building in Zoar (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zoar Meeting House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zoar.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 16, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.