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Canal Fever
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Original essays on the past, present, and future of the Ohio & Erie Canal

Combining original essays based on the past, present, and future of the Ohio & Erie Canal, Canal Fever showcases the research and writing of the best and most knowledgeable canal historians, archaeologists, and enthusiasts. Each contributor brings his or her expertise to tell the canal’s story in three parts: the canal era—the creation of the canal and its importance to Ohio’s early growth; the canal’s decline—the decades when the canal was merely a ditch and path in backyards all over northeast Ohio; and finally the rediscovery of this old transportation system and its transformation into a popular recreational resource, the Ohio & Erie Canalway.

Included are many voices from the past, such as canalers, travelers, and immigrants, stories of canal use through various periods, and current interviews with many individuals involved in the recent revitalization of the canal. Accompanying the essays are a varied and interesting selection of photographs of sites, events, and people, as well as original maps and drawings by artist Chuck Ayers.

Canal Fever takes a broad approach to the canal and what it has meant to Ohio from its original function in the state’s growth its present-day function in revitalizing our region. Canal buffs, historians, educators, engineers, and those interested in urban revitalization will appreciate its extensive use of primary source materials and will welcome this comprehensive collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. toc
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. ch1. The History of the Ohio & Erie Canal
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. ch2. Building the Canals: The Engineers
  2. pp. 19-42
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  1. ch3. Mucking Through: Common Labor on the Ohio & Erie Canal
  2. pp. 43-60
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  1. ch4. Natural History, Natural Resources, and the Ohio & Erie Canal
  2. pp. 61-90
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  1. ch5. A Traveler’s Tale: Along the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1834: Maximilian, Prince of Wied An Annotated New Translation
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. ch6. The Hands of the Diligent
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. ch7. Voices on the Canal
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. ch8. East versus West: The Industrial Valley
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. ch9. Railroad Fever and Canals in Ohio
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. ch10. William Bennett’s Navarre, the Canal Town
  2. pp. 179-192
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  1. ch11. Crossing the Cultural Fault Line: The Historic Landscape of the Ohio & Erie Canal
  2. pp. 193-208
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  1. ch12. Rising Water and Waning Support: The Ohio & Erie Canal’s Final Years
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. ch13. The Ditch and the Path in the Backyard
  2. pp. 231-252
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  1. ch14. Saving the “Little Silver Ribbon”
  2. pp. 253-276
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  1. ch15. Reading the Past
  2. pp. 277-304
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  1. ch16. Grassroots and Connections
  2. pp. 305-334
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  1. ch17. Journey to Canalway
  2. pp. 335-362
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  1. ch18. Epilogue: The Trail Ahead
  2. pp. 363-372
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  1. Appendix: Interviews for Canal Fever
  2. pp. 373-374
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 375-376
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 377-382
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