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Near Independence in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mule Power

Towing Canal Boats

 
 
Mule Power Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 28, 2019
1. Mule Power Marker
Inscription.  Hi, Im Blossom. During the canal days.mules like me walked the towpath, pulling heavy boats behind us. We were strong engines, able to haul 60 tons or more of freight. Mules worked in teams of two or three. Cargo boats had a middle cabin to stable a second team. The two teams switched every six hours.

Some people say mules are stubborn, but I think were just smart. Horses can work themselves to an early grave. Mules have sense enough to stop when were tired. And we refuse to do anything dangerous. Over time horses will get mouth and harness sores. Not mules. We are also cheaper to feed. Now Im not saying horses are bad. They are faster than mules. Early passenger boats used teams of horses when speed was more important than endurance.

I got my intelligence from my father. Hes a donkey. I got my athletic ability from my mother. Shes a horse. What is the best trait that you inherited from each parent?
 
Erected by Ohio & Erie Canalway; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker
Mule Power Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 28, 2019
2. Mule Power Marker
full view of marker
is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 41° 22.319′ N, 81° 36.789′ W. Marker is near Independence, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hillside Road and Canal Road, on the left when traveling west. marker is on the Ohio & Erie Canal Tow Path Trail south of the Canal Exploration Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9900 Hillside Road, Independence OH 44131, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock 38 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Valley View Veterans Honor Roll (approx. 0.6 miles away); Valley View Village Town Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); South Park Village and the Whittlesley Tradition (approx. one mile away); Late Prehistoric Period (approx. one mile away); "Veterans Plaza" (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Quarry Era (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Stone Church of Independence Sesquicentennial (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
 
Additional keywords. Ohio & Erie Canal
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Statue of a mule, next to the marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 28, 2019
3. Statue of a mule, next to the marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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