Zoar in Tuscarawas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio and Erie Canal
Construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal, beginning in Cleveland and running south to Portsmouth, began in 1825. As a means to pay for debts on the community's 5,500 acres of Tuscarawas County land, members of the Society of Separatists of Zoar contracted to construct this portion of the canal. They received $21,000 for this work, which was completed in 1827. Surplus goods were transported on Society owned and operated canal boats to outside markets via the Ohio and Erie Canal, which also brought manufactured items into Zoar.
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Canal use declined steadily after the 1850s when railroads became the most efficient mode of transportation. Despite attempts to keep the canal economically viable, a widespread flood in 1913 spelled disaster for the Ohio and Erie Canal as a transportation system. A fish hatchery, created by sectioning off portions of the canal after the flood, was maintained until the construction of the Zoar Levee in 1935. The canal's towpath is currently being used as a recreational trail and within a few hundred yards of this park lie the preserved Canal Inn, Lock 10, and other feeder locks and millraces.
Erected 2002 by Tuscarawas County and The Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 40° 36.421′ N, 81° 25.613′ W. Marker is in Zoar, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County. Marker is at the intersection of Dover Zoar Road NE (County Route 82) and Towpath Road NE (County Route 111), on the right when traveling north on Dover Zoar Road NE. Touch for map. Located at Canal Lands Park, southwest of Zoar. Marker is in this post office area: Zoar OH 44697, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Zoar Town Hall / Zoar and The Ohio & Erie Canal (approx. half a mile away); Zoar Village (approx. half a mile away); Zoar Garden (approx. half a mile away); Zoar Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Zoarville Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); In Commemoration of Our Patriot Ancestors (approx. 2.7 miles away); Unknown Soldier (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Laurens (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zoar.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 16, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.