Rowboat on Miami and Erie Canal photograph   Save
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Description: Back caption reads: "A familiar scene before the development of the street railways in Dayton–Rowing the waves of the raging Miami and Erie Canal. Passengers in boat built by Robert Webber, who died in 1887, are his widow Mrs. Robert Webber; his daughter Lulu; and his sons; George E., William, and Elmer Webber. George E. Webber, of 9 Catherine St., is the only one in the group still living. Photograph was taken from the bridge formerly at Ludlow and Stout Sts. about 1888." Front caption reads: "Photo copied from print loaned by Mr. Webber, Catherine St.-Apr. 27. 2–8x10 prints Mr. Simms May 4, 1938." During the late 1810s, Governor Thomas Worthington and Governor Ethan Allen Brown both supported internal improvements, especially canals. Both men believed that Ohioans needed quick and easy access to the Ohio River and to Lake Erie if they were to profit financially. In 1822, the Ohio legislature realized the importance of internal improvements and created a new Ohio Canal Commission. The Canal Commission eventually recommended a route starting at Lake Erie, passing through the Cuyahoga Valley, the Muskingum Valley, the Licking Valley, and then to the Ohio River along the Scioto Valley. The Commission also recommended a western route along the Miami and Maumee Valleys. By 1833, the Ohio and Erie Canal was complete, followed twelve years later by the Miami and Erie Canal. Once completed, thirty-three of Ohio's eighty-eight counties either had portions of canals running through them or quarries to mine rock for construction. The canals had many advantages to Ohioans. Most importantly, the cost to ship goods from the East Coast to Ohio and vice versa declined tremendously from 125 dollars per ton of goods to twenty-five dollars per ton of goods. Most canals remained in operation in Ohio until the late 1800s, their demise due in part to competition from the much speedier railroads. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B02F07_013
Subjects: Miami and Erie Canal (Ohio)--History; Boats and Boating; Canals--Ohio--Pictorial works; Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project
Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)