: This photograph shows a spillway, which is a structure used to control the release of water from a levee or a dam. The caption beneath the photograph reads: "Spillway between Kossuth & Spencerville, O., July, 1916." The attached description located on the back of the page reads: "PHOTOGRAPH No. 30.| SPENCERVILLE WASTE WAY.| The present waste way is in a state of decay and should be replaced, as a break at this point would make an expensive repair. It is further needed on account of flood waters entering the canal." 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_030 Subjects
: Waterworks; Rivers; Lakes & ponds; Canals; Dams; Bridges; Ohio Economy--Transportation and Development Places
: Spencerville (Ohio); Allen County (Ohio)