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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Midwest

Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor

is a travel itinerary of 50 houses, farms, churches, historic districts, and other sites. Learn about the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory (1772) and the history and impact of canals and railroads. Read essays on transportation, ethnicity, industry, and preservation. (National Park Service)

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Interesting Fact:

Ground was broken for the Ohio and Erie Canal on July 4, 1825. Exactly two years later the first section of the canal, between Cleveland and Akron, was opened to traffic. By 1832, the 309 miles of the Ohio and Erie Canal linked Lake Erie with the Ohio River and became a major catalyst for Ohio's economic growth. The canal opened the resource rich hinterlands of the young state and greatly spurred settlement and development in the area.
Current view of the Ohio and Erie Canal.  Courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, photo by Jeff Winstel

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