Links and ideas that may help you with your WebQuest!

(Please note: Some sites you may need to search intensively for information that relates to the Ohio and Erie Canal. I would also suggest using so search for additional websites)


        Jobs that were needed to maintain the canals



            Transportation of goods and people

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Peoples feelings and attitudes in using or living by the canals 

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            The Canalers and Their Families or search using


            Entrepreneurs, Opportunists, and Characters


Effects of the canals (This site relates to the Erie Canal in New York but I encourage you to click on and listen to the LAUNCH ERIE CANAL TOUR LINK, this site may help you with this section also).


Additional Links:

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for more information about the history of the area and to access several in depth on-line tours of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Historic Brandywine Village Area.

The Ohio & Erie Canal Association
Visit the CanalWay Ohio website to learn more about this area that stretches from Zoar to Cleveland's lake front. CanalWay Ohio follows the course of the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuyahoga Valley Line Railroad and it incorporates a landscape noted for its rich natural beauty, distinct historic and cultural resources, and vibrant commercial districts. CanalWay Ohio is a new kind of park, blending existing park sites, neighborhoods, downtowns and even industrial facilities with new parks, trails and museums into a mosaic of special places marked by the stories that have defined our region’s growth.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor:
A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary

Stretching 150 miles from Bristol to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the (Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor or Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor) follows the routes of the Delaware Canal, the Lehigh Navigation System, and the Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad. This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores 46 historic places that illustrate the history of this extraordinary 19th-century transportation system--mountain railroads, rivers, dams and canals, devised to move anthracite from mine to market.

Cleveland's First Infrastructure
The Cleveland State University Library's special collection, "Cleveland's First Infrastructure," provides detailed drawings, documents, and information about the development of the Ohio & Erie Canal. In addition, there is text for the "Canal Boat Song" published in the Rochester (N.Y.) Telegraph. The site was meant to serve as a gateway through which people can learn about the canal, identify resources for further investigation of canal engineering and history, and find opportunities to visit preserved areas of the Ohio & Erie Canal in Ohio.

Canal Society of Ohio
The Canal Society of Ohio has information on the present day condition of the Ohio & Erie Canal as well as the Miami & Erie Canal. Also, explore the map of Ohio's canal network and the bibliography of topics related to the canals in Ohio.

North American Canals
This web site provides information about the history of canals throughout the United States, notices about upcoming events at various canals, and links to related sites.

National Canal Museum
The National Canal Museum's Web pages offer more information about the canals role in American commerce and transportation.

Ohio History Central
Ohio History Central is a dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, time lines, and images.

Maritime Heritage Program
The National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program works to advance awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States by helping to interpret and preserve our maritime heritage. The program's Web pages include information on National Park Service maritime parks, historic ships, lighthouses, and life saving stations.

Additional Links to Ohio Canal Information:



For historical content, review these sources:

Ohio and Erie Canal from Ohio History Central  

Videos on the Ohio and Erie Canal:

I would suggest searching, in the search button add Ohio and Erie Canal. 

A few good videos:  and



Books that may help you with your WebQuest!



Ambler, Charles H. History of Transportation in the Ohio Valley. Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1932.

Barnes, George E. Study and Report on Improvements on the Ohio & Erie Canal at Akron. Cleveland, OH: Barnes, 1952.

Bogart, Ernest Ludlow. Internal Improvements and the State Debt in Ohio; An Essay in Economic History. New York: Longman, Green, and Company, 1924.

Bowman, Davis Weller. Pathways of Progress: A Short History of Ohio. New York: American Book Company, 1943.

Canals of Ohio, 1825-1913. Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society, 1971.

Cockrell, Ron. A Green Shrouded Miracle: The Administrative History of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area, Ohio. Omaha, NE: National Park Service, 1992.

Cook, Marilyn. Covered Wagons, Canals, and Characters. Navarre, OH: The Navarre-Bethlehem Township Historical Society, 1981.

Downes, Randolph C. The Conquest and the Canal Days. Toledo, OH: Maumee Valley Historical Society, 1968.

Droege, John et al. The Ohio & Erie Canal from Lockborne to Caroll and the Columbus Feeder Canal. Akron, OH: Canal Society of Ohio, 1974.

Early American Railroads: Franz Anton Ritter Von Gerstner's Die Innern Communicationen, 1842-1843. Edited by Frederick C. Gamst. Translated by David J. Diephouse and John C. Decker. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997.

Gamble, Jay Mark. Steamboats on the Muskingum. New York: Steamship Historical Society, 1971.

Gard, R. Max and Vodrey, William H. The Sandy & Beaver Canal. East Liverpool, OH: East Liverpool Historical Society, 1952.

Gieck, Jack. A Photo Album of Ohio's Canal Era, 1825-1913. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1988.

Hunker, Robert L. The Cuyahoga Valley and the Ohio Canal. Hudson, OH: n.p. 1974.

Huntington, C.C. and McClelland. The History of the Ohio Canals, Their Construction, Cost, Use, and Partial Abandonment. Columbus, OH: Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1905.

Kilbourne, John. Public Documents Concerning the Ohio Canals, which are to Connect Lake Erie with the Ohio River. Columbus, OH: I.N. Whiting, 1832.

Miami & Erie Canal: A Symbol of an Era. Dayton, OH: Carillon Press, n.d.

Montavon, Henrietta. Families Along the Canal of Bygone Days. Portsmouth, OH: Scioto Valley Canal Society, 1981.

Nye, Pearl R. Scenes and Songs of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society, 1952.

Oda, James C. Piqua and the Miami & Erie Canal. Piqua, OH: Piqua Historical Society, 1987.

Ohio Canal Systems: A Bibliography and Other Aids. Akron, OH: Canal Society of Ohio, 1978.

Ohio Historical Society. Zoar: An Experiment in Communalism. Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society, 1970.

Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society. History of the Ohio Canals. Columbus, OH: Press of F.J. Heer, 1927.

Potts, Robert. A Brief History of the Miami & Erie Canal. Cincinnati, OH: Miami & Erie Canal Society, 1990.

Porter, Burton P. Old Canal Days. Columbus, OH: Heer Printing Company, 1942.

Scheiber, Harry N. Ohio Canal Era: A Case Study of Government and the Economy, 1820-1861. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1969.

Scrattish, Nick. Historic Resource Study: Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, Ohio. Denver, CO: National Park Service, 1985.

State of Ohio. Annual Reports of Canal Commissioners, 1822-1838; Annual Reports of the Board of Public Works, 1836-1913; Collected in bound volumes entitled Executive Documents. Copies in the University of Akron Law Library, Cleveland Public Library, Ohio State University Library, Oberlin College, and the Ohio State Historical Society Library.

Tanner, H.S. A Description of Canals and Railroads of the United States. New York: T.R. Tanner & J. Disturnell, 1840.

Trevorrow, Frank W. Ohio Canals: A Collection of Articles of Description, History, and Bibliography. Oberlin, OH: Author, 1973.

Verity, Vic et al. The Miami Canal from Cincinnati to Dayton and Warren County Canal. Oberlin, OH: Canal Society of Ohio, 1977.

Unrau, Harlan and Scrattish, Nick. Historic Structure Report: Ohio and Erie Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Denver, CO: National Park Service, 1984.

Wilcox, Frank. The Ohio Canals: A Pictorial Survey of the Ohio Canals Using the Drawings and Paintings of the Late Frank Wilcox. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1969.

Woods, Terry K. The Ohio & Erie Canal: A Glossary of Terms. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1995.

Woods, Terry K. Twenty Five Miles to Nowhere: The Story of the Walhonding Canal: With Canal Guide. Coshocton, OH: Roscoe Village Foundation, 1991.



Why not join The Canal Society Of Ohio?


The society was formed in 1961 as a non-profit organization for the purpose of preserving Ohio canal history and to increase interest in our canal heritage.

The society conducts two field trips annually, Spring and Fall. These guided tours to various sections of the state interpret the construction and operation of the canal system as well as other related sites of historical significance.

Throughout the year, members present slide programs telling the story of the Ohio canals to interested groups.

A Newsletter providing current information about the canals and society events and TOWPATHS, an illustrated quarterly of historical canal information are published by the society and distributed to its members.

In addition, the society maintains canal history collections containing books, maps, photographs and memorabilia for reference and study in the archival libraries of the University of Akron and Wright State University. Donations of canal material of historical value are invited.

Become a Canawler! Here is information on how to join the society.

Canal Society Of Ohio
550 Copley Road
Akron, Ohio 44320

Membership Dues:
$30..For Profit Corp

Make your check payable to the Canal Society Of Ohio and mail it to the address above.


Ohio & Erie Canal Sites


Remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal, which ran from Cleveland to Portsmouth, may be seen at the following locations:

Cleveland. One of the longest stretches of water-filled canal lies S along Canal Road from East 49th Street. Towpath trail from Rockside Road to Bath Road is within the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area. Locks, aqueducts, mill and Canal Visitor Center are highlights.

Peninsula. Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, 1 mile S of SR 303 along Riverview Road. Lock 28, Deep Lock, had the highest lift of the 42 locks between Cleveland and Akron. Stone for the lock and for grindstones was quarried from the adjacent area. Hiking.

Akron. Cascade locks N of downtown. Lock 2 Park at Buchtel Avenue one block W of Main Street. Outdoor exhibits. Eight miles of water-filled canal S from Market Street to the Portage Lakes (early canal reservoirs) and Barberton.

Canal Fulton. A mule-drawn canalboat replica, St. Helena III, operates from SR 93, carrying passengers to Lock 4 and back (May-October). Public park, canal museum, restored canalboat dry dock.

Bolivar. Three-mile hiking trail S on canal towpath between Fort Laurens and Zoar Village, both Ohio Historical Society sites. Four canal locks can be seen along the trail.

Coshocton. Roscoe Village, restored canal town open all year with museums, exhibits, restaurants and shops. Towpath walk and footbridge on site of Walhonding Aqueduct lead from Roscoe through Lake Park. The lake was a former canal basin. Recreation area open to the public. The Monticello II, horse-drawn canalboat replica, operates May-October. Triple Lock of the Walhonding Canal, just NW of Roscoe, is an outstanding artifact. Picnicking.

Newark. Black Hand Gorge State Nature Preserve, 10 miles E at Toboso. Guard lock, slack-water dam site, cliff-face towpath, and interurban tunnel are highlights. Hiking and bike trails. Lock 1, 3 miles S of Newark on SR 79 in Heath. Marked by monuments commemorating the site of groundbreaking ceremonies on July 4, 1825.

Hebron. Buckeye Lake, 2 miles S of Hebron. Originally a canal reservoir, now a popular recreation area. Four miles of embankment contain the lake. Stretches of water-filled canal lead N and W. Picnicking and boating at the state park. Deep Cut, excavated for the summit level of the canal, is visable S of SR 204 along Deep Cut Road in Millersport.

Lockville. Stone masonery locks 11, 12 and 13 and a relocated covered bridge in Lockville Park along Pickerington Road. Picnicking.

Groveport. Lock 22 and a portion of canal bed in Blacklick Park at east end of Blacklick Street. Hiking and picnicking.

Lockbourne. Locks 26 and 27 along Canal Road E of village. Lock 29 along Canal Street W of railroads. Lock 30 in village park N from Commerce Street at Denny Street. Guard lock and lift lock of Columbus Feeder along Rowe Road at Big Walnut Creek.

Circleville. Stone abutments of Scioto River aqueduct 500 feet S of SR 22. A 3-mile water-filled stretch of canal, 1 mile S of US 22, along Canal Road W of Circleville. Fishing.

Chillicothe. Restored canal-era storefronts along Water Street (formerly the canal bed) between Walnut and Mulberry Streets. Canal Warehouses at NE corner of Mulberry and Main Streets. Canal bed and locks are visible along Three Locks Road SE from US 23, 3 miles S of Chillicothe. No access.

Waverly. Lock 44 remnant along US 23. Canal bed visible along W side of SR 104 through Pike County S from Lake White. No Access.

Portsmouth. Riverside Park, off SR 73, S of US 52, W of Portsmouth. Outlet Lock, which lowered canalboats from the canal into the Ohio River, 1 mile W of boat ramp along abandoned Old River Road.