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Published: 10/9/2011 - Updated: 2 years ago


Toledo Magazine: Still Connected to Canal History

Commuters travel through Maumee and Toledo via the Anthony Wayne Trail daily by the thousands. But chances are few realize that the road they drive on was once the Miami & Erie Canal. Built between 1825 and 1845, the 301-mile canal stretched from Toledo to Cincinnati and strengthened the economic power of Ohio by allowing the easy transportation of goods. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Lock 49 Miami & Erie Canal looking north toward downtown on present day Anthony Wayne Trail. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Lock 49 Miami & Erie Canal looking north toward downtown on present day Anthony Wayne Trail.
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Commuters travel through Maumee and Toledo via the Anthony Wayne Trail daily by the thousands. But chances are few realize that where they now drive was once a waterway, the Miami & Erie Canal. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Commuters travel through Maumee and Toledo via the Anthony Wayne Trail daily by the thousands. But chances are few realize ...
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At Lock No.1, later renumbered as No. 52, on the Swan Creek Sidecut, which is today the location of the Collingwood Extension. Erie Street, in the foreground, crosses both Swan Creek and the Canal Side Cut by way of iron bridges between Collingwood and Hamilton Avenue. The building in the center of the photo is the former Detwiler Mill. Enlarge | Buy This Photo At Lock No.1, later renumbered as No. 52, on the Swan Creek Sidecut, which is today the location of ...
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The stone remains of the Erie Street Swing Bridge foundation still remain from the canal era. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The stone remains of the Erie Street Swing Bridge foundation still remain from the canal era.
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Miami & Erie Canal in the Harrison Street area. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Miami & Erie Canal in the Harrison Street area.
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Miami & Erie Canal Toledo Aqueduct over the New York Central Railroad near City Park Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Miami & Erie Canal Toledo Aqueduct over the New York Central Railroad near City Park Avenue.
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Part of the Miami & Erie Canal in process of being filled in by the old Toledo Workhouse (the remains of the Workhouse are to the left) . Enlarge | Buy This Photo Part of the Miami & Erie Canal in process of being filled in by the old Toledo Workhouse (the remains ...
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The Miami & Erie Canal at the foot of Mill Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Miami & Erie Canal at the foot of Mill Street.
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Miami & Erie Canal Lock 52 at Erie Street at taken from the foot of Newton Street about 1900. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Miami & Erie Canal Lock 52 at Erie Street at taken from the foot of Newton Street about 1900.
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State of Ohio Canal Stock. Enlarge | Buy This Photo State of Ohio Canal Stock.
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Limestone blocks from the original Lock No. 45 can bee seen on the south side of the Anthony Wayne Trail in Maumee. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Limestone blocks from the original Lock No. 45 can bee seen on the south side of the Anthony Wayne Trail in Maumee.
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Dated Nov. 11, 1949, this photo shows the Miami & Erie Canal near Grand Rapids, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dated Nov. 11, 1949, this photo shows the Miami & Erie Canal near Grand Rapids, Ohio.
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The Miami & Erie Canal at what is now Side Cut Metropark near Conant Street in Maumee. Fort Meigs in Perrysburg can be seen at back right.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Miami & Erie Canal at what is now Side Cut Metropark near Conant Street in Maumee. Fort Meigs in ...
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West of downtown Toledo, the Miami & Erie Canal emptied into Swan Creek. A railroad swing bridge still carries the Nickel Plate Railroad over Swan Creek. Enlarge | Buy This Photo West of downtown Toledo, the Miami & Erie Canal emptied into Swan Creek. A railroad swing bridge still carries the ...
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The gears of the Nickel Plate Railroad swing bridge would move the bridge to make way for ships to dock at the old Toledo Brewery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The gears of the Nickel Plate Railroad swing bridge would move the bridge to make way for ships to dock ...
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Though rusty, the gears on the Nickel Plate Railroad swing bridge are seemingly ready to move at the approach of the next ship. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Though rusty, the gears on the Nickel Plate Railroad swing bridge are seemingly ready to move at the approach of ...
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The back of the building at 320 N. Michigan St. shows windows from the first floor rising up from canal level below the parking lot. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The back of the building at 320 N. Michigan St. shows windows from the first floor rising up from canal ...
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Evan McCord runs along the building at the corner of St. Clair Street that was built along the old canal. The roadway and sidewalk can be seen to the left and the windows are at the canal level. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Evan McCord runs along the building at the corner of St. Clair Street that was built along the old canal....
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The Miami & Erie Canal followed the Collingwood Boulevard extension. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Miami & Erie Canal followed the Collingwood Boulevard extension.
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A massive limestone wall from the canal era supports the roadway in the area 400 block of St. Clair Street. The blue guardrail along top of the wall can be seen across the street from the Toledo Main Post Office. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A massive limestone wall from the canal era supports the roadway in the area 400 block of St. Clair Street....
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Stone abutments from the former Toledo Aqueduct supports the Anthony Wayne Trail over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Stone abutments from the former Toledo Aqueduct supports the Anthony Wayne Trail over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks.
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The former Toledo Aqueduct supports the Anthony Wayne Trail over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The former Toledo Aqueduct supports the Anthony Wayne Trail over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks.
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The stones of the former Toledo Aqueduct supports the Anthony Wayne Trail over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The stones of the former Toledo Aqueduct supports the Anthony Wayne Trail over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks.
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A sign marks Canal Avenue which runs along the Anthony Wayne Trail in South Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign marks Canal Avenue which runs along the Anthony Wayne Trail in South Toledo.
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This photo dated Nov. 27, 1956, shows the elimination and draining of the Miami & Erie Canal. Enlarge | Buy This Photo This photo dated Nov. 27, 1956, shows the elimination and draining of the Miami & Erie Canal.
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This photo dated May 22, 1935 shows the Canal Boulevard project, south of the Toledo Terminal Railroad trestle. Enlarge | Buy This Photo This photo dated May 22, 1935 shows the Canal Boulevard project, south of the Toledo Terminal Railroad trestle.
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Looking north on the canal from Copland Road, July 28, 1928. Enlarge Looking north on the canal from Copland Road, July 28, 1928.
The Miami & Erie Canal downstream from a bridge at Chevy Chase Lane, July 6, 1929. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Miami & Erie Canal downstream from a bridge at Chevy Chase Lane, July 6, 1929.
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The Miami & Erie Canal south from Western Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Miami & Erie Canal south from Western Avenue.
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At the Glendale intersection, the Anthony Wayne Trail follows the s-curve of the former canal, seen here in a photo from 1929. Enlarge | Buy This Photo At the Glendale intersection, the Anthony Wayne Trail follows the s-curve of the former canal, seen here in a ...
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Robert McCord of Chicago, left, and his sister Julia McCord of Bowling Green look over pictures they took of one of the original locks of the Miami & Erie Canal at the Side-Cut Metro Park in Maumee. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Robert McCord of Chicago, left, and his sister Julia McCord of Bowling Green look over pictures they took of one ...
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An old canal boat from June 1906. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An old canal boat from June 1906.
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The Tuttle canal boat travels down the Miami & Erie Canal, July 15, 1898. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Tuttle canal boat travels down the Miami & Erie Canal, July 15, 1898.
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This July 6, 1929, photo shows the Miami & Erie Canal bridge at Roche de Bouf in Waterville, Ohio, looking downstream. Enlarge | Buy This Photo This July 6, 1929, photo shows the Miami & Erie Canal bridge at Roche de Bouf in Waterville, Ohio, looking downstream.
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A crew of Metroparks of Toledo Area maintenance men, rangers and CETA workers haul away the last of more than 100 cubic yards of silt from the bottom of the old Miami & Erie Canal Lock at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee, Sept. 15, 1983. The backhoe was used to lift filed wheelbarrows from the lock and lower empties. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A crew of Metroparks of Toledo Area maintenance men, rangers and CETA workers haul away the last of more than ...
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A boat is launched into the Miami & Erie Canal in Toledo in 1922. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A boat is launched into the Miami & Erie Canal in Toledo in 1922.
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