"Village on the Ohio & Erie Canal" Canal Fulton by CoAir13
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Settlers first came to this area in 1814 looking for good land and a better life. At that time, Ohio was the western frontier and these settlers chose the west side of the Tuscarawas River to establish the town of Milan. In 1825, the state canal commission chose the east side of the river to build the Ohio & Erie Canal. A year later, the village of Fulton was laid out.
When the canal opened in 1827, it was the first major canal west of the Appalachians. Together with New York's Erie Canal, it became the most important transportation route of its day. It connected the Ohio frontier with New York and New Orleans and helped people and products flow across America.
By this time, Canal Fulton had a post office, three warehouses, two taverns, two stores, seven houses, and a population of 40. Downtown was split into two areas. The respectable Public Square (Canal and Market St.) was the merchandising and storage district. The sale of alcohol was prohibited in the area. Down the street was Brimstone Corners (Canal and Cherry St.) which boasted saloons and lodging houses. With a liquor establishment on every corner, the two parts of town were always at odds with one another!
Coal mining boosted the economy by the 1870's and the village became host to many industrial operations and manufacturers. The canal-era wood frame buildings were replaced with brick and stone commercial buildings, many of which still stand today.
Today, Canal Fulton is part of the 110 miles of National Heritage Corridor that lines the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Towpath Trail plays host to thousands of bikers, hikers, and joggers everyday.
- Pros:Slow paced, beautiful, relaxing!
- Cons:Progress and commercialism!
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