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Junction in Paulding County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miami-Erie and Wabash-Erie Canals

Junction, Ohio

 
 
Miami – Erie and Wabash – Erie Canals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
1. Miami – Erie and Wabash – Erie Canals Marker
Inscription. On this site, the Miami and Erie Canal, that came north from Cincinnati and the Ohio River, intersected with the Wabash and Erie Canal that came from Fort Wayne and Evansville, Indiana. From this point, which became the town of Junction, the canals proceeded as one to Defiance, Toledo, and Lake Erie. From the 1830s to the 1870s, the canals played a key role in the settling of Paulding County, an area that was once part of the Great Black Swamp. They held the promise of easier and quicker passenger transportation and commodity shipping and Junction became a landmark for fugitive slaves escaping to Canada. Once a thriving and growing community, the village of Junction became a forgotten historical note with the passing of the canal era and the coming of the railroads. Today, the Buckeye Trail and North County Trail follow the canal path through Paulding County.
 
Erected 2008 by John Paulding Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-63.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, the The Miami & Erie Canal, and the Wabash & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 41° 11.665′ N, 84° 27.422′ W. Marker is in Junction, Ohio, in Paulding County. Marker is at the
Miami – Erie and Wabash – Erie Canals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
2. Miami – Erie and Wabash – Erie Canals Marker
View of historical marker situated to the right of the picture and to the left of the picture a sign pole, indicating the end destination and the distance, of each of the communities located at the end of each canal (and what is left of the canal situated behind the historical marker).
intersection of County Road 111 and County Road 163, on the left when traveling west on County Road 111. Touch for map. This historical marker is located about 8 miles southwest of downtown Defiance, Ohio, in what is left of the canal town of Junction, Ohio. Marker is in this post office area: Defiance OH 43512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charloe (approx. 4.5 miles away); The Indians (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fort Brown (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Fort Brown (approx. 6.1 miles away); Tale of Ensign James Liggett / Major Adam Charles Muir, 41st Regiment of Foot (approx. 6.5 miles away); Route and Camp's (approx. 7 miles away); Paulding County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.5 miles away); Paulding County Carnegie Library (approx. 7.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located where what is left of the Miami & Erie Canal comes up from the south and meets up with what is left of the Wabash & Erie Canal coming in from the west. Then, from where this marker is situated, the two canals become one canal and proceed northeast for Toledo and Lake Erie.
 
Additional comments.
1. Miami Erie Canal Lock 21
The remains of lock 21 can be seen by going 2 miles south of Junction on Paulding County Road 163. The lock has a pull off area and is the site of a geo-cache box. Warning: The portion of the county road that has access to the lock is dirt road and cannot be traversed when wet. The site is also covered in poison ivy! BUT it is really worth the trip.
    — Submitted April 10, 2011, by Tanya S. Brunner of Evansport, Ohio.

 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & 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 1,906 times since then and 138 times this year. Last updated on February 7, 2010, by Tracy Hahn of Defiance, Ohio. Photos:   1. submitted on May 27, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2. submitted on May 28, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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