: Photograph showing the head gates north of Middletown. The caption below the photograph reads: "Head Gate North of Middletown, O.| July 1916." The attached description on the back of the page reads: "PHOTOGRAPH No. 5| HEAD GATES NORTH OF MIDDLETOWN, O.| Head gates north of Middletown, Ohio, on the Miami and Erie Canal. These gates control the feed of water entering the city of Cincinnati. The wall itself has frozen and is in a state of disintegration. The gates leak badly and it is impossible to control the feed of water entering through the same. The wall should have a replacement made on the same in the nature of a new curtain wall constructed in front of them."
This photograph is part of a series taken by the Board of the Ohio Department of Public Works to document the disrepair of the infrastructure of the Ohio and Erie Canal and Miami-Erie Canal systems in 1916, showing the physical condition of each structure. The Ohio Department of Public Works is one of the oldest departments of state government in continuous existence. Among its other duties, this department was charged with maintenance and administration of the Ohio & Erie and Miami-Erie Canals. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA936AV_B01_005 Subjects
: Waterworks; Bridges; Canals; Rivers; Lakes & ponds; Ohio Economy--Transportation and Development Places
: Middletown (Ohio); Butler County (Ohio)