Ohio and Erie Canal


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Ohio and Erie Canal,

former waterway of Ohio, 307 mi (494 km) long, between Lake Erie at Cleveland and the Ohio River at Portsmouth; built 1825–32. It utilized part of the courses of the Cuyahoga, Muskingum, and Scioto rivers and had 49 locks. It flourished as a means of transporting freight until the advent of the railroad era in the 1850s. The canal was responsible for the growth of cities along its route, especially Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus.
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Diggers scurried to connect Cleveland and Portsmouth with the Ohio and Erie Canal and Toledo and Cincinnati with the Miami and Erie Canal.
In Ohio, these boats glided gracefully along the Ohio and Erie Canal, heavily laden with lumber on its way north to Lake Erie where it was transferred to a lake freighter and sent to Buffalo (New York) and the Erie Canal.
The Towpath Trail is a 19-mile winding path constructed alongside the former Ohio and Erie Canal.
The Ohio and Erie Canal connected Cleveland to the Ohio R.
The Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel is the largest effort in Akron's initiative to curb sewer overflows into the Cuyahoga and Little Cuyahoga rivers as well as the Ohio and Erie canals.
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