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Russells Point in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
1. Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker
Inscription. As a result of the success of the Erie Canal in New York, the Ohio General Assembly decided to build two canals to promote business and travel between the Ohio River and Lake Erie. The Miami & Erie Canal, built in three stages, united Cincinnati with Toledo on the west side of the State; the Ohio & Erie connected Portsmouth with Cleveland on the east side. Construction of the Miami & Erie Canal began in 1825 and opened for traffic in 1845. Because the 103 locks along the 274 mile route required an abundant water supply, several feeder lakes were established. One of these feeders was Lewistown Reservoir created from natural springs and shallow lakes in the area. Construction began in 1851. Horse- drawn wooden-scoops and a large number of mostly immigrant workers moved tons of dirt to build the embankments. Fallen timbers and stones from nearby quarries were used for reinforcements. Workers received a salary of one dollar a day plus room and board and a shot of whisky. Finding the original reservoir would not supply enough water for the canal, several enlargement projects were undertaken. The expanded reservoir covered 6,344 acres and was completed in 1860. Various historical resources suggest the cost for initial construction and subsequent enlargements to be approximately $506,000. The construction of the canal route through virgin forests,
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
2. Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker
swamps and shallow lakes fostered many engineering marvels. At Troy, a unique, twin arched stone culvert was built to allow a tributary of the Great Miami River to actually flow under the canal. The highest point of the canal system, the Loramie Summit, near Lockington, needed to be traversed. A series of stair-stepped locks were built which raised or lowered the level of the water 67 feet over a distance of one half mile so barge traffic could pass. Transit time through these canal locks took several hours. Because traders and travelers used this time for business or pleasure, Lockington and other communities along the canal flourished. Construction of the new more efficient railroads brought about the decline and eventual demise of the canal. The Lewistown Reservoir was discontinued as a canal feeder in 1896. In 1898 the Lewistown Reservoir had become a popular resort and destination. The Ohio General Assembly set aside the reservoir as a public park to be known as “Indian Lake.” In 1908, the Waste Weir Bulkhead (known today as the “spillway”) on the south side of the lake was completely rebuilt in concrete by T.H. Watsonat a cost of $29,364.80. The spillway is scheduled for replacement in 2017 with an estimated cost this time of $6.900.000.
 
Erected 2017 by The Indian Lake Historical Society.
 
Marker series.
Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
3. Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker
marker is at the right, in the foreground
This marker is included in the The Miami & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 40° 28.347′ N, 83° 53.67′ W. Marker is in Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is on East Main Street (Ohio Route 366), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in park area behind Taco Bell. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 E Main St, Russells Point OH 43348, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Interurban Transportation (a few steps from this marker); Sandy Beach and the Big Band Era (a few steps from this marker); Boats of Indian Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandy Beach Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandy Beach Park (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Our Lady of Fatima (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); 1913 Flood (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russells Point.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
 
Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
4. Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker
detail of picture on marker
Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
5. Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir Marker
detail of map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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