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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Providence, Ohio
Location of Providence, Ohio
► Lucas County (237) ► Fulton County (90) ► Henry County (80) ► Ottawa County (55) ► Wood County (113) ► Lenawee County, Michigan (95) ► Monroe County, Michigan (134)
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|Follow the historic Towpath to
the source of the canal water
and a beautiful habitat for
waterfowl and shorebirds.
Peace, tranquility and a
spectacular view with the
sound of water flowing over
the Providence Dam await
you at the end of the . . . — — Map (db m173223) HM|
America needed hope in
the early 1930s, as The Great
Depression took its toll.
Newly elected President
implemented social programs,
such as the Works Progress
Administration (W.P.A) . . . — — Map (db m173228) HM|
|The first water powered grist mill near this sit was
built about 1885 by after manor, one of the earliest
white settlers in this region. The present mill built
in 1849. Was operated and owned by Isaac Ludwig under
permanent water rights granted . . . — — Map (db m173222) HM|
|The Wabash & Erie Canal opened between Toledo and Lafayette, Indiana, May 8, 1843. The Miami Extension Canal was completed to Junction, Ohio, on July 4, 1845, linking the Wabash & Erie Canal with Cincinnati and resulting in changing the canal’s name . . . — — Map (db m19574) HM|
Railroads signaled changing times for the
canals, making them obsolete before they
were even finished.
Only five years after the first spadesful of
dirt on the Miami and Erie Canal had been
dug, trains were already rolling into Ohio.
In . . . — — Map (db m173224) HM|
|Fr. Amadeus Rappe, Pastor of St. Francis
de Sales, Toledo, and Mission Pastor
of all Northwest Ohio, supervised the
building of this church in 1845.
Peter Manor donated the land, 40,000
bricks, and 5,000 ft. of black walnut
lumber for . . . — — Map (db m172753) HM|
Legend has it that construction wasn't
easy. All towns wanted the canal because it
brought them prosperity. The townsfolk
living across the river in Gilead (Grand
Rapids) were so angry that their town was
not on the canal route that they . . . — — Map (db m173227) HM|
|The 150th Anniversary of the
In memory of those who
Perished and those who
fled starvation, death and
foreign oppression in
Ireland to seek justice,
freedom and a new way
of life in America.
(three . . . — — Map (db m132064) HM|
|A former hotel at this
site was once a popular
stopover for travelers in
the 1850s on the Miami
and Erie Canal. Folklore
tells us this old hotel had
questionable roots at
best. Reportedly once
a house of ill repute,
the hotel had . . . — — Map (db m173219) HM|
|The Towpath Trail, where mules once towed flat bottom
boats on the Miami & Erie Canal, connects three Metroparks
along the scenic Maumee River. Farnsworth overlooks three
islands in the river and the picturesque ruins of an Interurban
Bridge. . . . — — Map (db m173225) HM|
The ghost town of Providence was once a booming
city with warehouses, shops, and the canal.
Colorful characters such as these would have been
seen throughout canal towns and villages. Thanks to illustrator Bill Kuhlman we have a peek at what . . . — — Map (db m173218) HM|
Life was not easy for the 50,000 people
who called Ohio home at the beginning
of the canal era.
It was difficult to send goods, travel
and receive mail. Governor Ethan Allan
Brown authorized canal construction to
help ease the . . . — — Map (db m173220) HM|
The model next to you is a replica of
the turbine that runs the mill. A turbine
spins like a pinwheel, but uses water
instead of wind.
The Providence Dam, half-mile west,
directs water from the Maumee River
into the canal behind the mill. . . . — — Map (db m173221) HM|
It may surprise you that nature relies on
floods. Floods and adjacent lands called
floodplains allow rivers to purge excess
sand, silt, and pollution. Plants and shrubs
along the edge trap floodwater debris. The
earth itself filters . . . — — Map (db m173226) HM|
to Providence Metropark on the Maumee River, a place that connects the natural world
with the stories of people who lived here - their hopes, dreams and accomplishments.
The Maumee is the reason the
Miami and Erie Canal was . . . — — Map (db m173305) HM|