Ohio and Erie Canal
Ohio and Erie Canal Historic District
The Ohio and Erie canal in 1902
Cuyahoga County, Ohio
|Area||24.5 acres (99,000 m2)|
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|NRHP Reference #||66000607|
|Added to NRHP||November 13, 1966|
|Designated NHLD||November 13, 1966|
The Ohio and Erie Canal was a canal constructed in the 1820s and early 1830s in the U.S. state of Ohio. It connected Akron, Summit County, with the Cuyahoga River near its mouth on Lake Erie in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and a few years later, with the Ohio River near Portsmouth, Scioto County, and then connections to other canal systems in Pennsylvania.
The canal carried freight traffic from 1827 to 1861, when the arrival of railroads killed the market. From 1862 to 1913, the canal served as a water source to industries and towns. In 1913, much of the canal system was abandoned after important parts were severely flooded.
Today, most of the remaining portions are managed by the National Park Service or Ohio Department of Natural Resources. They are used for various recreational purposes by the public, and still provide water for some industries. Parts of the canal are preserved, including the Ohio and Erie Canal Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable persons associated with the Canal
- 3 The Canal today
- 4 Points of interest
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Ohio, which achieved statehood in 1803, remained a sparsely populated region of 50,000 persons who were scattered throughout the state and who had no means of economically transporting goods. With no easy access to distant markets, agriculture served only local needs and large-scale manufacturing was nearly non-existent.
Agitation for a canal system (1787–1822)
As early as 1787, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had discussed the desirability of a canal linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River as part of a national system of canals. It wasn't until 1807 that Ohio's first Senator, Thomas Worthington offered a resolution in Congress asking Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin to report to the Senate. In 1810, DeWitt Clinton was appointed to head the Erie Canal Commission. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to get national aid for the construction of a canal connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, so he enlisted the aid of state legislators and Ohio's congressional delegation. On January 15, 1812 the Ohio General Assembly passed a resolution expressing its view that the connection of the Great Lakes with the Hudson River was a project of "national concern". President Madison was against the proposal, however, and the War of 1812 ended all discussion.
On December 11, 1816, Clinton, by then the Governor of New York, sent a letter to the Ohio Legislature indicating his state's willingness to construct the Erie Canal without national help, and asking the State of Ohio to join in the endeavor. On January 9, 1817, the Ohio Legislature directed Ohio's Governor (and former Senator) Thomas Worthington to negotiate a deal with Clinton. Due to the cost, however, the Ohio Legislature dallied, and nothing happened for the next 3 years. Finally, in January 1822, in a fit of progressivism, the Ohio Legislature passed acts to fund the canal system and the state's public education obligations.
Survey and design (1822)
On January 31, 1822 the Ohio Legislature passed a resolution to employ an engineer and appoint commissioners to survey and design the canal system as soon as possible. A sum not to exceed $6000 was set aside for this purpose.
James Geddes, an engineer whose past work included experience on the New York canals, was employed. Since most of Ohio's population lived along a line from Cleveland to Cincinnati, it was necessary that these areas be served by the main trunk of the canal. Since canals must generally follow river valleys, it was difficult to design a suitable system. Specifically, the bridging of the Scioto and Miami river valleys required raising the canal to such an elevation that water from neither river could be used as a source. As a result, the canal was divided into two sections, the Ohio and Erie Canal from Cleveland to Portsmouth which crossed the Licking Divide and followed the Scioto River Valley, and the Miami and Erie Canal which connected Cincinnati to Dayton. In later years this second canal would be extended all the way to the Maumee River at Toledo.
Copies of the original survey plat maps for the construction of both Ohio canals are available on-line from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
On February 4, 1825, the Ohio Legislature passed "An Act to provide for the Internal Improvement of the State of Ohio by Navigable Canals". The Canal Commission was authorized to borrow $400,000 in 1825, and not more than $600,000 per year thereafter. The notes issued were to be redeemable between 1850 and 1875.
The canals were specified to have a minimum width of 40 feet (12 m) at the top, 26 feet (8 m) at the bottom, and a depth of 4 feet (1.2 m) feet minimum. These limits were often exceeded, and indeed it was cheaper to do so in most cases. For example, it might be cheaper to build one embankment and then let the water fill all the way to the adjacent foothills, perhaps hundreds of feet away, rather than build two embankments. By damming the rivers, long stretches of slackwater could be created which, with the addition of towpaths, could serve as portions of the canal. Where it made economic sense to do so, such as lock widths or portions of the canal through narrow rock or across aqueducts, the minimum widths were adhered to.
Contracts were let for the following tasks:
- Grubbing and clearing
- Mucking and ditching
- Embankment and excavation
- Locks and culverts
Initially, contractors in general proved to be inexperienced and unreliable. It was common for one job to receive 50 bids, many of them local to where the work was being performed. The chosen contractor, having underbid the contract, often would vanish in the night leaving his labor force unpaid and his contract unfulfilled. This problem was so bad that laborers refused to perform canal work for fear of not being paid. As the bidding process was improved, and more reliable contractors engaged, the situation improved.
Workers were initially paid $0.30 per day and offered a jigger of whiskey. As work progressed, and where labor was in shortage, workers could make as much as $15 per month. At that time, cash money was hard to come by in Ohio forcing much bartering. Working on the canal was appealing and attracted many farmers from their land.
On July 3, 1827 the first canal boat on the Ohio and Erie Canal left Akron, traveled through 41 locks and over 3 aqueducts along 37 miles (60 km) of canal, to arrive at Cleveland on July 4. While the average speed of 3 mph (4.8 km/h) may seem slow, canal boats could carry 10 tons of goods and were much more efficient than wagons over rutted trails.
Over the next five years, more and more portions of the canal opened, with it finally being completed in 1832:
- 1828 opens from Akron to Massillon, Ohio. The canal is 65 miles (105 km) long.
- 1829 opens from Massillon to Dover, Ohio. The canal is 93 miles (150 km) long.
- 1830 opens from Dover to Newark, Ohio. The canal is 177 miles (285 km) long.
- 1831 opens from Newark to Chillicothe, Ohio. The canal is 258 miles (415 km) long.
In 1832, the Ohio and Erie Canal was completed. The entire canal system was 308 miles (496 km) long with 146 lift locks and a rise of 1,206 feet (368 m). In addition, there were five feeder canals that added 24.8 miles (39.9 km) and 6 additional locks to the system consisting of:
- Tuscarawas Feeder (3.2 miles)
- Walhonding Feeder (1.3 miles)
- Granville Feeder (6.1 miles)
- Muskinghum Side Cut (2.6 miles)
- Columbus Feeder (11.6 miles)
The canal's lock numbering system was oriented from the Lower Basin, near the southwest corner of the current Exchange and Main streets in Akron. North of the basin is Lock 1 North, and south of the basin is Lock 1 South. At this basin was the joining of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal.
The canals enjoyed a golden period of prosperity from the 1830s to the early 1860s, with a peak in revenue between 1852 and 1855. During the 1840s, Ohio was the third most prosperous state, owing much of that growth to the canal. Immediately following the Civil War, it became apparent that railroads would take the canal's business. From 1861 until 1879, after the canal had been badly flooded, Ohio leased its canals to private owners who earned revenue from dwindling boat operation and the sale of water to factories and towns. When the state took the canals back in 1879, it discovered that they had not been maintained, and that state lands surrounding the canals had been illegally sold to private owners. In many cases, canals were filled in for "health reasons," only to find a newly laid railroad track on their right of way. Much State land was given away for free to politically savvy private owners. Nevertheless, some revenue was accrued into the early twentieth century from the sale of water rights as well as recovery and sale of land surrounding the canals.
After the peak of the 1850s and a bottoming out of revenue due to the Civil War in the early 1860s the canal's expenditures started to outgrow its revenues due to rising maintenance costs. By 1911, most of the southern portion of the canal had been abandoned. On March 23, 1913, after a winter of record snowfall, storms dumped an abnormally heavy amount of rain on the state, causing extensive flooding. This caused the reservoirs to spill over into the canals, destroying aqueducts, washing out banks, and devastating most of the locks. In Akron, Lock 1 was dynamited to allow backed up floodwater to flow.
Notable persons associated with the Canal
- As a teenager in 1847, James Garfield worked as a Hoggee, driving mules to pull barges along the canal. After repeatedly falling into the canal on the job, Garfield became ill, and decided to go to college instead.
The Canal today
The Ohio and Erie Canal Historic District, a 24.5-acre (99,000 m2) historic district including part of the canal, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. It is a four-mile (6 km) section within the village of Valley View comprising three locks, the Tinkers Creek Aqueduct, and two other structures.
A remaining watered section of the Ohio & Erie Canal is located in Summit County, Ohio. The Ohio & Erie Canal is maintained, to this day, as a water supply for local industries. After the flood, a few sections of the canal continued in use hauling cargo to local industries. Another watered section extends from the Station Road Bridge in Brecksville northwards into Valley View and Independence, all Cleveland suburbs.
The section of the Ohio & Erie Canal from the Brecksville Dam to Rockside Road in Cuyahoga County was transferred to the National Park Service in 1989 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area (now known as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park).
A lease on the canal lands from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the terminus of the canal has been executed with the Cleveland Metroparks. The Metroparks manage the adjacent real estate and the surrounding Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.
The section of the Ohio & Erie Canal still owned and maintained by the Division of Water in southern Summit is referred to as the watered section. This section runs from the north end of Summit Lake south to Barberton, a distance of about 12 miles (19 km). Included in this section is the feeder canal from the Tuscarawas River and the hydraulics at the Portage Lakes.
The Ohio & Erie Canal is maintained from Akron by a staff of six Division of Water employees. Like its sister canal, the Ohio & Erie Canal carries a large amount of stormwater. The canals were not designed to accommodate this great influx of stormwater. Most of the siltation and erosion problems experienced today are the result of stormwater inappropriately piped into the canals over the years.
In late 1996, the canal from Zoar to Cleveland was designated a National Heritage Corridor. This designation was brought about through the efforts of many communities, civic organizations, businesses and individuals working in partnership. The Department is working with numerous local communities and organizations to assure the continued development of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
A map showing the disposition of the canal lands is available on-line from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Points of interest
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- Alexander's (a.k.a. Wilson's) Mill
- Richard Howe House (future site)
- Boston Store
- Canal Visitor Center
- Frazee House
- St. Helena III Historic Boat Ride in Canal Fulton
- Mustill Store
- Peninsula Depot
- Station Road Bridge
- Tinkers Creek Aqueduct
- Restored canal town Historic Roscoe Village Roscoe Village (Coshocton, Ohio)
- Monticello III Canal Ride on Mudport Basin Roscoe Village (Coshocton, Ohio)
- Restored Walhonding Aqueduct Bridge Roscoe Village (Coshocton, Ohio)
The Ohio and Erie Canal initially provided a connection between Akron and Lake Erie at Cleveland, then extending all the way to the Ohio River within a few years. Later, connecting canal systems were built connecting it with the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal and other parts of Eastern Ohio.
|Columbus Feeder||Lockbourne, Columbus, Franklin County|
|Granville Feeder||Granville, Licking County|
|Hocking Valley||Carroll, Lancaster, Fairfield County;
Logan, Hocking County;
Nelsonville, Athens, Athens County
|Muskingum Side Cut||Dresden, Zanesville, Muskingum County;
McConnelsville, Morgan County;
Marietta, Washington County
|Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal||Akron, Summit County;
Kent, Ravenna, Portage County;
Warren, Trumbull County;
Youngstown, Mahoning County; Ohio;;
Lawrence; Beaver, Beaver County; Allegheny, Pennsylvania
|||1,112 feet (339 m)||Sandy and Beaver Canal
a.k.a. Tuscarawas Feeder
|Bolivar, Tuscarawas County;
Hanoverton, Lisbon, East Liverpool, Columbiana County;
Glasgow, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
|||774 feet (236 m)||Walhonding Canal||Roscoe Village, Coshocton County;
Brinkhaven, Knox County
Towpath Trail landmarks
An all-purpose bicycle/pedestrian trail was constructed by Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Southern Cuyahoga County and Northern Summit County, Cleveland Metroparks in Northern Cuyahoga County, and Akron/Summit County Metroparks in Southern Summit County to roughly follow the original Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath route. (The northernmost section in Cuyahoga County is still undergoing construction.) There are many connecting trails going to other points of interest throughout their park systems.
Please help by expanding this section with any notable landmarks along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
|0||44 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Cuyahoga River Sloop||Lock||Cleveland||Cuyahoga||Merwin Street between James street and West street|
|43 North||0 feet (0 m)||Lock||Cleveland||Cuyahoga||Sherwin Williams, James and West, Merrwin and Vineyard|
|0 feet (0 m)||Weigh||Lock||Cleveland||Cuyahoga||Seneca a.k.a. West 3rd. street|
|3||42 North||0 feet (0 m)||Lock||Cleveland||Cuyahoga||relocated to 42A,|
|3||42A North||0 feet (0 m)||Weigh and Guard||Lock||Cleveland||Cuyahoga||near Grasselli chemical company, Dille street and Independence road|
|5||41 North||||0 feet (0 m)||RathBuns||Lock||Cuyahoga||near Austin Powder Works, Harvard Road, near Jennings Road|
|8||40 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Willow||Lock||Cuyahoga Heights||Cuyahoga||off Canal Road, near I-77|
|||0 feet (0 m)||Mill Creek||Aqueduct||Cuyahoga Heights||Cuyahoga||carries canal over Mill Creek (Cuyahoga River) off Canal Road|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 17 Cleveland South topographic map|
|11||39 North||||590 feet (180 m)||Lock||Independence||Cuyahoga|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 16 Shaker Heights topographic map|
|TrailHead||Cuyahoga||CVSR-Canal Visitor Center, 7104 Canal Road and Hillside Road|
|12||38 North||||600 feet (180 m)||Lock||Valley View||Cuyahoga||Canal Visitor Center|
|Cuyahoga County||Tinkers Creek Road|
|||610 feet (190 m)||Tinkers Creek||Aqueduct||Cuyahoga||carries canal over Tinkers Creek (Cuyahoga River)A[›]|
|Bridge||Cuyahoga||Alexander Road-Pleasant Valley Road|
|14||37 North||||620 feet (190 m)||Lock||Cuyahoga||Alexander's Mill|
|Mill||Cuyahoga||Alexanders (a.k.a. Wilsons)|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 15 Northfield topographic map|
|17||36 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Pinery Dam and Feeder||Lock||Summit|
|TrailHead||Summit||Station Road bridge to CVSR-Brecksville|
|19||35 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Kettlewell Whiskey||Lock||Summit|
|Trail||Summit||Old Carriage Connector|
|20||34 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Red||Lock||Summit||Jaite in southwestern Northfield Township|
|20.5||33 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Wallace||Lock||Summit||in Boston Township|
|21||32 North||||659 feet (201 m)||Boston||Lock||Summit||Boston Township|
|Summit||Boston Mills Road|
|22||31 North||||670 feet (200 m)||Lonesome||Lock||Summit||was in Boston Township|
|23||30 North||||680 feet (210 m)||Peninsula Feeder||Lock||Peninsula||Summit|
|23||29 North||||690 feet (210 m)||Peninsula||Lock||Peninsula||Summit|
|||700 feet (210 m)||Peninsula||Aqueduct||Peninsula||Summit||carried canal over Cuyahoga River|
|25||28 North||||700 feet (210 m)||Deep||Lock||Peninsula||Summit||at 17 feet (5.2 m) the deepest lock along the canal|
|TrailHead||Summit||Deep Lock Quarry|
|27||27 North||||710 feet (220 m)||Johnny Cake||Lock||Summit|
|||718 feet (219 m)||Furnace Run||Aqueduct||Summit||carried canal over Furnace Run (Cuyahoga River)|
|28||26 North||||718 feet (219 m)||Pancake||Lock||Summit|
|28||25 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Mudcatcher||Lock||Summit|
|30||24 North||||0 feet (0 m)||Niles||Lock||Summit|
|Bridge||Summit||Yellow Creek (Cuyahoga River)|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 14 Akron West topographic map|
|32||23 North||0 feet (0 m)||Booth port||Lock||Summit||sewer pipe|
|32||22 North||Booth port||Lock||Summit||Merriman sewer pipe|
|33||21 North||Lock||Summit||sewer over-flow|
|20 North||Lock||Summit||train abutments|
|19 North||Black Dog Crossing||Lock||Summit||near Hickory and Memorial|
|36||15 North||Akron Mustill Store||Lock||Akron||Summit|
|36||14 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||North Street|
|9 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||north of Market street|
|37||7 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||middle tunnel|
|37||6 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||tunnel below parking deck North of Mill street|
|37||3 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||South Main street|
|38||2 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||Water street|
|38||1 North||Lock||Akron||Summit||West Exchange street|
|0||Portage landing||Lock||Akron||Summit||Portage lakes, Manchester Road|
|1 South||Wolf creek||Lock||Barberton||Summit||Snyder avenue|
|Wolf creek||Aqueduct||Barberton||Summit||Snyder avenue|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 13 Doylestown topographic map|
|2 South||Lock||New Franklin||Stark||Center Road|
|3 South||Lock||New Franklin||Stark||Center Road|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 12 Canal Fulton topographic map|
|4 South||Lock||Canal Fulton||Stark|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 11 Massillon topographic map|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 10 Bolivar topographic map|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 9 Thornville topographic map|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 8 Millersport topographic map|
|South 1||195||King Watson||Lock||Canal Road|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 7 Baltimore topographic map|
|196||South 2||David Miller's White Mill||Lock||Baltimore||Fairfield|
|197.4||South 3||Norris Mill||Lock||Baltimore||Fairfield|
|South 4||Short Level||Lock||Baltimore||Fairfield|
|198||South 5||Dry Dock||Lock||Baltimore||Fairfield|
|198.3||South 6||Mulnix Mill||Lock||Baltimore||Fairfield|
|198.8||South 7||Wells Mill||Lock||Basil, Ohio|
|200||South 8||Bibler||Lock||Basil, Ohio|
|South 10||Lock||Carroll, Ohio||Fairfield|
|206||South 11||Lock||Violet Township||Fairfield County, Ohio||Upper Lockville|
|South 15||Fickle Mill Short Level||Lock||Lockville|
|South 16||Rover Short Level||Lock||Lockville|
|208||Walnet Creek Guard||Lock|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 6 Canal Winchester topographic map|
|210||South 19||Chaney's Mill||Lock||Canal Winchester|
|210||South 20||Woolen||Lock||Canal Winchester||Gender Road|
|South 21||Lock||Canal Winchester||near Glenarda Farms, Groveport Road|
|George's Culvert||Canal Winchester|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 5 Lockbourne topographic map|
|217||South 23||Lock||Lockbourne||Franklin||Canal Road|
|217||South 24||Lock||Lockbourne||Franklin||Canal Road|
|217||South 25||Lock||Lockbourne||Franklin||Canal Road|
|218||South 27||Lock||Lockbourne||Franklin||Canal Road|
|218||South 28||Lock||Lockbourne||Franklin||under railroad track bed|
|South 30||Lock||Lockbourne||Franklin||Lockmeadows Park|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 4 Carroll topographic map|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 3 Amanda topographic map|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 2 Ashville topographic map|
|||0 feet (0 m)||GNIS||GNIS 1 New Philadelphia topographic map|
|Columbus Feeder East Guard||Lock|
|Columbus Feeder West Guard||Lock|
|226||South 31||Ashville Campbells Mill||Lock|
|237||South 32||Aqueduct||Lock||Scioto River, West of Circleville|
|238||South 33||Lock||Wayne Township|
|238||South 34||Lock||Wayne Township|
|South 35||Lock||Chillicothe, Ohio|
|256||South 36||Lock||Chillicothe, Ohio|
|258||South 37||Lock||Chillicothe, Ohio||parking lot|
|South 38||Fifth Street||Lock||Chillicothe, Ohio|
|261||South 39||Upper Lunbeck||Lock|
|261||South 40||Lower Lunbeck||Lock||Scioto Township||Pickaway||near Renick Lane 601|
|South 41||Tomlinsons||Lock||3 Locks Road, South of Chillicothe|
|Tomlinsons Dam and Feeder Guard||Lock|
|280||South 45||U Pee Pee||Lock|
|280||South 46||L Pee Pee||Lock|
|291||South 47||Howards||Lock||near Robers 18 mi (29 km) Lock Farm|
|South 49||Rushs Brush Creek||Lock|
|South 50||Union Mills||Lock|
|South 51||Union Mills Moss||Lock||near Ohio State Route 239|
|South 52||Union Mills||Lock|
|South 54||Lock||Portsmouth||Scioto County|
|308||South 55||Lock||Scioto County||near Old River Road, Portsmouth/Alexandria|
- Canal Fulton, Ohio
- Massillon, Ohio
- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
- List of canals in the United States
- Miami and Erie Canal
- Valley View Bridge
- Zoar, Ohio
- Roscoe Village (Coshocton, Ohio)
^ A: In 2007-2008-? Tinkers Creek Aqueduct is undergoing renovation following flood damage from Tinkers Creek (Cuyahoga River) and Cuyahoga River
^ B: Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail miles are measured from its original connection with Lake Erie at Lock 44 on the Cuyahoga River, and marked with a 3.3 feet (1.0 m)-tall sandstone obelisk at each mile mark.
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- Ehmann P&O
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|last1=in Authors list (help)
- Jack Gieck; with an introduction by George W. Knepper (1988). A photo album of Ohio's canal era, 1825-1913. [Kent, Ohio]: Kent State University Press. ISBN 0-87338-353-2.
- "Biography of James Garfield". The White House. Retrieved 2006-03-14.
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- "Walhonding Canal". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- "Ohio and Erie Canal". Cleveland Memory, Cleveland State University Libraries.
- Lock 44 manually plotted in Google Earth
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- "Ohio and Erie Canal and Towpath Trail, Part 3". NorthEastOhio-RoadRunner.
- Mill Creek Aqueduct manually plotted in Google Earth
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- Eleven Mile Lock 39 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Eleven Mile Lock 39 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- Twelve Mile Lock 38 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Twelve Mile Lock 38 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- "Tinkers Creek Aqueduct". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Fourteen Mile Lock 37 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Fourteen Mile Lock 37 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- Pinery Dam and Feeder Lock 36 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Pinery Dam and Feeder Lock 36 topographic map
- Kettlewell Whiskey Lock 35 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Whiskey Lock 35 topographic map
- Red Lock 34 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Red Lock 34 topographic map
- "Red Lock (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Wallace Lock 33 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Wallace Lock 33 topographic map
- "Wallace Lock (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- "Boston Lock". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Lonesome Lock 31 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Lonesome Lock 31 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- "Lonesome Lock (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Peninsula Feeder Lock 30 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Peninsula Feeder Lock 30 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- Peninsula Lock 29 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Peninsula Lock 29 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- Peninsula Aqueduct manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Peninsula Aqueduct topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- "Deep Lock (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03. Deep Lock manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Deep Lock 28 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- Johnny Cake Lock 27 manually plotted in Google Earth
- "Johnny Cake Lock 27 topographic map". USGS via Microsoft Research Maps.
- "Furnace Run Aqueduct". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- "Pancake Lock (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Pancake Lock 26 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Mudcatcher Lock 25 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Mudcatcher Lock 25 topographic map
- Niles Lock 24 manually plotted in Google Earth
- Niles Lock 24 topographic map
- "Ohio and Erie Canal Map" (JPEG). National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
- "Ohio and Erie Canal towpath trail". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
- "Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
- "The Ohio & Erie Canal: Catalyst of Economic Development for Ohio, a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ohio and Erie Canal.|
- Report from the 1872 Inspection of the Ohio & Erie Canal
- Images of the Ohio & Erie Canal at Summit Memory
- Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
- Ohio and Erie Canal Photo Essay
- "Water And Steel, Concrete And Earth", Erin O'Brien, Cleveland Free Times, July 25, 2007
- Pictures around Waverly
- Southern Ohio Museum The Ackerman Collection of Historical Photographs
- Historic Roscoe Village - A restored 1830 Ohio and Erie Canal Town, Triple Locks, Walhonding Aqueduct Bridge, Canal Boat Rides on an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal.