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Middletown in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Miami & Erie Canal Lift Bridge

 
 
The Miami & Erie Canal Lift Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. The Miami & Erie Canal Lift Bridge Marker
Inscription.
The lift bridge built in 1899 across the Miami & Erie Canal at Third Street (now Central Ave.), was the third bridge at this site since the canal began in 1825. An electric motor was used to raise the west portion of the floor of the bridge up the iron superstructure to allow canal boats to pass. The total cost was $8,450 and the lift bridge was recognized as one of the finest in the state. The bridge ws removed in 1914.

[Photo] Left, Spanish-American War troops from Company L, First Regiment Infantry, Ohio National Guard pass under the canal lift bridge in 1899.
 
Erected by City of Middletown, the Middletown Historical Society, and Others.
 
Location. 39° 30.963′ N, 84° 24.153′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (Ohio Route 122) and N. Verity Parkway (Ohio Route 73), on the right when traveling west on Central Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown OH 45044, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio Canals (here, next to this marker); Port Middletown (here, next to this marker); Canal Boats (here, next to
Port Middletown Plaza image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Port Middletown Plaza
Water feature with marker panels in foreground, while artist Eric Henn's Port Middletown on the Miami & Erie Canal mural dominates the wall of the TV Middletown Building in the background. Looking NW.
this marker); Canal Locks (here, next to this marker); The Miami & Erie Canal in Middletown (here, next to this marker); World War II Veterans Memorial Bench (approx. mile away); Middletown War Memorial Flagpole (approx. 0.6 miles away); Underground Railroad Route (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Regarding The Miami & Erie Canal Lift Bridge. The marker panels are along the side of a water feature on the plaza that is a stylized series of partially opened locks.
 
Also see . . .
1. Miami & Erie Canal. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Miami & Erie Canal. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Port Middletown Plaza Water Feature image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Port Middletown Plaza Water Feature
Symbolizing partially opened canal locks. Marker panels are on the outside of the lock wall expansions.
Port Middletown Plaza Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Port Middletown Plaza Mural Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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