Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
You are standing on the famous portage, carrying-place between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers. The two streams and the portage across the watershed formed an early route between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. First the Indians, then French and English traders and trappers, and finally American settlers and travelers carried their canoes and packs across this narrow strip of land in passing, by way of the rivers, between northern and southern Ohio. The portage was a part of the defined boundaries in the treaties with the Indians made at Fort McIntosh (1785), Fort Harmar (1789), and Green Ville (1795). Use of the portage was discontinued in 1827 when the Ohio and Erie Canal was built along the old trail. Today, modern Akron streets--Portage Path and Manchester Road--follow the approximate route of the original portage.
Erected 1957 by Ohio Historical Markers Committee. (Marker Number 1-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 5.065′ N, 81° 32.538′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Portage Path / Diagonal Road and Copley Road, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Copley Road, Akron OH 44333, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Bob's Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. one mile away); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 1.3 miles away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. 1.3 miles away); Howard Street District (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 1.4 miles away); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elm Court / Our Lady of the Elms (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . . The Portage Path. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.