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The Ohio & Erie Canal:
Catalyst of Economic Development for Ohio--
Supplementary Resources

By looking at The Ohio & Erie Canal: Catalyst of Economic Development for Ohio, students assess the importance of America's early canal system and its economic and social effects. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for more information about the history of the area and to access several in depth on-line tours of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Historic Brandywine Village Area.

The Ohio & Erie Canal Association
Visit the CanalWay Ohio website to learn more about this area that stretches from Zoar to Cleveland's lake front. CanalWay Ohio follows the course of the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuyahoga Valley Line Railroad and it incorporates a landscape noted for its rich natural beauty, distinct historic and cultural resources, and vibrant commercial districts. CanalWay Ohio is a new kind of park, blending existing park sites, neighborhoods, downtowns and even industrial facilities with new parks, trails and museums into a mosaic of special places marked by the stories that have defined our regionís growth.

National Park Service Travel Itineraries
The Discover Our Shared Heritage online Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor travel itinerary features information on more than 40 places associated with the canal. These include the canal itself, the Canal Fulton Historic District, the Clinton Ohio and Erie Canal Historic District, and the Hudson Historic District.

Stretching 150 miles from Bristol to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor follows the routes of the Delaware Canal, the Lehigh Navigation System, and the Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad. This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores 46 historic places that illustrate the history of this extraordinary 19th-century transportation system--mountain railroads, rivers, dams and canals, devised to move anthracite from mine to market.

Cleveland's First Infrastructure
The Cleveland State University Library's special collection, "Cleveland's First Infrastructure," provides detailed drawings, documents, and information about the development of the Ohio & Erie Canal. In addition, there is text for the "Canal Boat Song" published in the Rochester (N.Y.) Telegraph. The site was meant to serve as a gateway through which people can learn about the canal, identify resources for further investigation of canal engineering and history, and find opportunities to visit preserved areas of the Ohio & Erie Canal in Ohio.

Canal Society of Ohio
The Canal Society of Ohio has information on the present day condition of the Ohio & Erie Canal as well as the Miami & Erie Canal. Also, explore the map of Ohio's canal network and the bibliography of topics related to the canals in Ohio.

North American Canals
This web site provides information about the history of canals throughout the United States, notices about upcoming events at various canals, and links to related sites.

National Canal Museum
The National Canal Museum's Web pages offer more information about the canals role in American commerce and transportation.

Ohio History Central
Ohio History Central is a dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, time lines, and images.

Maritime Heritage Program
The National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program works to advance awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States by helping to interpret and preserve our maritime heritage. The program's Web pages include information on National Park Service maritime parks, historic ships, lighthouses, and life saving stations.


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