The Monticello III canal boat is moored at the Ohio and Erie Canal boundary in Coshocton, Ohio. The tranquil water of the canal mirrors the boat's reflection and the vibrant hues of late autumn.
A groundbreaking ceremony on July 4, 1825, marked the building of two canal systems that would facilitate transportation from New Orleans to New York City. Known as the Ohio and Erie Canal or The Big Ditch, this monumental project covered 308 miles across the Ohio and took seven years to complete. Ohio was central to this venture, serving as a vital link between global trade and America's frontier territories. The canal was manually dug from Portsmouth along the Ohio River up to Cleveland by Lake Erie. From there, it extended to the Hudson River via the Erie Canal, effectively creating America's first national transportation system during its early nationhood period.
Between 1827 and 1861, the canal was used for transporting goods until the advent of railroads reduced its necessity. It then found a new purpose from 1862 to 1913, providing water for various towns and industries. However, in 1913, it was abandoned after a severe flood damaged crucial sections of the canal system.
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November 10th, 2023
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