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The Ohio & Erie Canal

A Glossary of Terms

Compiled by Terry K. Woods

Publication Year: 2011

The people who lived and worked on and alongside the Ohio & Erie Canal had a vocabulary all their own. Originally published in 1995, this glossary was the first to list in one source the terms used to describe the boats, crews, locks, equipment, and canals.

Terry K. Woods provides a dictionary of primary terms selected from official reports as well as terms taken from interviews with former boatmen. This new edition includes a detailed description of the canal's route--elevation, engineering, locks, feeders and the businesses and communities along the way.

Serious students of Ohio’s canal era and canal buffs alike will find the definitions compiled in this glossary interesting and helpful in their readings and studies of the Ohio & Erie Canal system.

Published by: The Kent State University Press

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Introduction to the First Edition

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pp. 1-2

A casual reading of current newspaper and magazine articles concerning operating days on the Ohio & Erie Canal reveals both a number of duplicate terms meaning different things and different terms meaning the same thing. Deeper research into official reports and early newspaper accounts as well as interviews with exboatmen only compounds the problem. Engineers, it seems, called things by one name, boatmen...

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Introduction to the Second Edition

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pp. 3-10

It has been interesting (and fun) redoing this book and seeing what an additional fifteen years of research can add to this glossary. We have not changed any of the primary definitions that appeared in the first edition, but, as in the case of lock keepers in Ohio and the name of mule drivers in general, we have added quite a bit of historical...


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pp. 13-53

E-ISBN-13: 9781612775371
E-ISBN-10: 1612775373
Print-ISBN-13: 9781606351062

Page Count: 56
Illustrations: (To view these images, please refer to print version)
Publication Year: 2011