“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Ohio-Erie Canal In Tuscarawas County

The Ohio-Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
1. The Ohio-Erie Canal Marker
Inscription. 1825–1913. Seeking an alternative transportation route to distant markets, many farmers and manufacturers in Ohio wanted to connect the Ohio River to Lake Erie with a canal. Beginning in Cleveland the Ohio-Erie Canal ran south, the length of the state, to Portsmouth. The canal was a total of 308 miles long, 40 feet wide at the surface, and 4 feet deep. The Ohio-Erie Canal opened for traffic along its entire length in 1832 and consequently effected great change. Population along the canal increased, and commercial, political, and industrial growth in Ohio boomed. Products grown and manufactured in this previously isolated region now had access to world markets. Profits for farmers and merchants increased, and the entire state economy was bolstered. With the rise of railroads in the 1860s, however, canals were destined to become obsolete because the railroad was a faster and more dependable means of transportation. The canal system ceased to operate altogether after a disastrous flood in 1913.

The section of the Ohio-Erie Canal that ran through Tuscarawas County began at Summit Lake near Barberton and ran through the county
The Ohio-Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
2. The Ohio-Erie Canal Marker
to Dresden. This was a drop in elevation of 238 feet in less than 109 miles. The canal crossed the Tuscarawas River and the Tuscarawas County line on an aqueduct north of Zoar, and ran from Lock 7 in Zoar to Newcomerstown, where it leaves the county below Lock 21. A total of 15 locks were in Tuscarawas County. You are standing in front of Lock 13.
Erected 1995 by Tuscarawas County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-79.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 28.592′ N, 81° 26.589′ W. Marker is in New Philadelphia, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County. Marker is at the intersection of Commercial Avenue SE (Ohio Route 416) and Canal Avenue SE, on the left when traveling south on Commercial Avenue SE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Philadelphia OH 44663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The New Schoenbrunn Mission (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tuscarawas County Operation Desert Storm Memorial
The Ohio-Erie Canal Marker Map image. Click for full size.
April 8, 2006
3. The Ohio-Erie Canal Marker Map
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(approx. 0.9 miles away); Tuscarawas County Viet-nam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); The History of Tuscarawas County Courthouses (approx. 0.9 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Philadelphia.
Regarding The Ohio-Erie Canal In Tuscarawas County. State Route 416 parallels the canal's route from New Philadelphia through Tuscarawas County. Then US-36 follows it to Coshocton and State Route 16 is close to it on its way to Dresden.
Also see . . .
1. History of Ohio's Canals. From the Ohio Division of Water, Canal Lands site. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.) 

2. Ohio's Historic Canals. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
3. Map of Ohio's Canals. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
4. The Ohio & Erie Canal — A Photo Essay. (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Ohio-Erie Canal Lock 13 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
4. Ohio-Erie Canal Lock 13
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,282 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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