"Village on the Ohio & Erie Canal" Canal Fulton by CoAir13

Canal Fulton Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 86 photos

The Western Frontier

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.

1830's "Boomtown"

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!

Canal Street Today

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Slow paced, beautiful, relaxing!
  • Cons:Progress and commercialism!
  • Last visit to Canal Fulton: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    It really does seem peaceful and serene and a great place to relax. Good job of describing

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 5:52 PM

    Wow, Jen, love the architecture of the town and the preservation going on. My daughter Jill and her husband Eric would love to canoe here. Another stellar page.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 7:08 PM

    Okay, you've sold me. Canal Fulton is now on the list of places I must see before I die. Great page of a place that's new to me!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2006 at 6:30 PM

    It is great to see important historic relics like this preserved for future generations! Great pics of both the canoe ride (I love both canoeing and biking) and the old timer 'Helena II'. Looks like a wonderful attraction!

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2006 at 12:40 PM

    Now that is my kind of ice cream cone! I wonder if this canal was named after Robert Fulton. I was at his birthplace in PA recently.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2006 at 1:57 PM

    Looks like a great area for canoeing, which is something I used to do a lot of (but not lately). Great that they are preserving the historical sites. If that's a medium ice cream, I wonder how a large one would even stay on the cone without falling off.

  • thecatsmeow's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2006 at 7:04 PM

    Jen, Looks like a interesting town to visit. Did you do the horse drawn canal ride? Joyce


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