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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. viii

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1. Planning and Construction

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pp. 1-15

The canals of Ohio, once the mainstay of the state’s transportation system, shunted Ohio products out of the state and necessities for the good life in. In just a little more than twenty-five years, these artificial waterways—and the men...

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2. Early Operation

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pp. 16-30

Loans to build the initial stages of the Ohio & Erie Canal had been obtained relatively easily in New York in 1825. A national economic depression the following year, however, slowed Ohio Canal bond sales. Also, a few absconding canal...

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pp. 31-41

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3. Administration and Finance

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pp. 42-52

With the passing of the Canal Act of 1825 by the Ohio State Legislature, a Board of Canal Commissioners was created to administer to the construction of Ohio’s canals. This act also authorized the creation of a canal fund, from which money would be disbursed...

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4. Operation of the Lease

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pp. 53-64

The canals of Ohio were ostensibly leased to a company of six Ohioans on June 2, 1861. In actuality, the lease was held by a consortium of more than 20 men. When the Lease Bill first began working its way through the legislature, it became obvious...

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5. The Flood

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pp. 65-78

John I. Miller was appointed chief engineer of Public Works on July 3, 1911. The canals of Ohio were, according to his first report, “in such a state of physical disability as to make it possible for navigation only in a very few instances.” Miller referred...

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pp. 79-86

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6. Effects of the Canal

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pp. 87-93

Many people believe that Ohio’s canal system made the state what it is today. Due to the relative ease the canals made of transporting goods between the interior of Ohio and eastern markets, business, industry, population, and money flowed...

Appendix: Rebuild Contracts of the Ohio & Erie Canal

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pp. 94-101

Notes

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pp. 102-109

Recommended Reading

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p. 110

Index

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pp. 111-118

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