: During the early 1800s, canals were used as a means of transportation. By the mid-1800s, however, competition for the canals increased with the development of other faster and cheaper modes of transportation, specifically railroads. After the opening of the Miami and Erie Canal in 1845, the first railroad from Lake Erie to the Ohio River began operating. The state leased the now defunct canals to private companies, but were given back to the state a few years later, in crumbling ruins. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B02F07_021 Subjects
: Canals--Ohio--Pictorial works; Canals--Ohio--Dayton; Miami and Erie Canal (Ohio); Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project Places
: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery (Ohio)