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Groveport in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport / Scioto Valley Interurban

 
 
Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2008
1. Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport Marker
Inscription.
Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport
The Ohio and Erie Canal was Ohio's solution to the lack of a reliable and fast transportation system to move goods to outside markets. The canal opened in the then unplatted village of Groveport on September 25, 1831 and contributed directly to Groveport's success as a center of commerce. W.H. Richardson built lock 22, the only lock in Groveport, as part of his bid to build section 52 of the canal. Lock 22, the last lock before a series of locks in Lockbourne, Ohio that lower the canal to the level of Big Walnut Creek, is 90 feet long with a 15 foot wide lock channel. A variety of businesses clustered along the banks of the canal. In the mid-nineteenth century, a canal boatyard and dry dock was operated in what is now Blacklick Park. Canal boats were built and repaired in this facility that was considered the first notable such operation on the canal below Baltimore, Ohio.

Scioto Valley Interurban
While Groveport flourished during the canal era, the town was removed from relative isolation with the introduction of the electric railroad operated by the Scioto Valley Traction Line. The tracks, which are still embedded and visible in Blacklick Street, were part of a system that connected Groveport to Columbus and surrounding communities. The line
Scioto Valley Interurban Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2008
2. Scioto Valley Interurban Marker
was completed in 1904, and the first trip was made from Columbus to Canal Winchester. From Groveport, the trip to Canal Winchester took only five minutes, as the car reached an amazing speed of 62 mph. The interurban allowed residents to work, shop, or seek entertainment outside of Groveport. The interurban also brought new opportunities for diversified commercial interests and a steady population growth to Groveport. Passenger service on the interurban ceased in 1930 when automobiles and buses made the system obsolete.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Groveport Heritage and Preservation Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 40-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 51.19′ N, 82° 52.743′ W. Marker is in Groveport, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Blacklick Street 0.2 miles from Front Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Blacklick Park. Marker is in this post office area: Groveport OH 43125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Rarey and "Cruiser" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Groveport World War II Memorial
Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport / Scioto Valley Interurban Marker at Blacklick Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2008
3. Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport / Scioto Valley Interurban Marker at Blacklick Park
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Groveport (approx. mile away); Ohio and Erie Canal Lock 22 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Groveport United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Groveport Log House (approx. 0.4 miles away); John S. Rarey and Cruiser (approx. half a mile away); Groveport Veterans' Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groveport.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Ohio and Erie Canal Remnant in Blacklick Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2009
4. Ohio and Erie Canal Remnant in Blacklick Park
Scioto Valley Interurban Track along Blacklick Street image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2008
5. Scioto Valley Interurban Track along Blacklick Street
Looking east toward Blacklick Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,664 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 19, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 25, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on October 19, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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