Independence in Defiance County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lock No. 13 & Independence Dam
Independence Dam, located on the Maumee River just below here, was built to provide slack water for the canal. It derived its name from a town a mile up stream which sprang up during the canal construction period. Independence grew into a thriving center of commerce, rivaling Defiance at one time, but, like many canal “boom towns,” it all but disappeared when the canal was abandoned.
Erected 1954 by Fort Defiance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 41° 17.576′ Touch for map. This historical marker is located just east of Independence, Ohio along what is left of the old Wabash & Erie and Miami & Erie Canal (between the Maumee River and State Route 424). Marker is in this post office area: Independence OH 44131, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Canals (here, next to this marker); Winchester's Camp No. 3/Fort Starvation / The Old Kentucky Burial Grounds (approx. 1.1 miles away); Winchester's Camp #2 / Preston Island (approx. 3.3 miles away); Coohcooche (approx. 3.3 miles away); Shawnee Glen (approx. 3.4 miles away); Johnny Appleseed (approx. 3.6 miles away); Chief Pontiac (approx. 3.7 miles away); Pontiac Birthplace (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
More about this marker. This historical marker is situated at the location of canal lock number #13, very near the Indepenence Dam.
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,039 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.