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The Ohio and Erie Canal was a canal constructed in the 1820s and early 1830s in the U.S. state of Ohio. It connected Akron, Summit County, with the Cuyahoga River near its mouth on Lake Erie in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and a few years later, with the Ohio River near Portsmouth, Scioto County, and then connections to other canal systems in Pennsylvania.
The canal carried freight traffic from 1827 to 1861, when the arrival of railroads killed the market. From 1862 to 1913, the canal served as a water source to industries and towns. In 1913, much of the canal system was abandoned after important parts were severely flooded.
Today, most of the remaining portions are managed by the National Park Service or Ohio Department of Natural Resources. They are used for various recreational purposes by the public, and still provide water for some industries. Parts of the canal are preserved, including the Ohio and Erie Canal Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.
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~ 1913 ~ The Great Ohio Flood of 1913
A century ago, hurricane force winds, blizzards, and tornadoes preceded the days of the Great Flood of March 1913. And then, when the rains came - pouring down two to three months worth of rain from March 23rd through March 27th - every river in the State of Ohio overflowed its banks. In a flood whose impact would be bigger than current landmark weather events such as Katrina and Sandy - the impact on life in Ohio and 14 other states was overwhelming.
The Flood of 1913 also would bring an end to the Ohio & Erie Canal.
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