Place

Tinkers Creek Aqueduct

A woman in a raincoat reads a graphic panel by a stream.
The aqueduct is on the far side of the Towpath Trail bridge over Tinkers Creek.

NPS / Arrye Rosser

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A canal needs a specific level of water for boats to use it. The Ohio & Erie Canal was maintained at a depth of four feet. Here the canal must cross the Cuyahoga River’s largest tributary, Tinkers Creek. Using technology first developed by the Romans, canal engineers made an aqueduct to carry the built waterway over the natural stream. Originally it was a bit farther north. However, shortly after the canal was constructed, Tinkers Creek flooded the aqueduct, proving how unpredictable it can be. The aqueduct was re-built at its present location, but in time suffered more flooding, debris, and leakage. The previous aqueduct was built by the King Iron Bridge Company, but even iron cannot stand against floodwaters. In 2011 the national park replaced it with this concrete one.