Miami-Erie Canal system came through New Bremen, Ohio

A break this week from local remnants. Last summer I was on a vacation trip with a friend and stopped in New Bremen, Ohio. We visited an interesting bicycle museum there and also I had a chance to stop by the site of one of the locks for the former Miami-Erie Canal system. The impressive system was built between 1825 and 1845 and stretched from Cincinnati to Toledo in Ohio. It covered nearly 250 miles in total length. It is said the peak year of operation was 1851. The canal continued operating until 1913 when a massive flood permanently damaged many facilities. New Bremen became well known for its pork packing industry during the canal era. In 1967 the canal land was ceded to the Village (not town) of New Bremen to create a park and recreation area. The Miami & Erie Canal Corridor Association is headquartered in New Bremen now and seeks to preserve and enhance the canal corridor. Signage at the site explains the historical significance of the canal.

Site of a lock of the former Miami-Erie Canal in New Bremen, Ohio.

Site of a lock of the former Miami-Erie Canal in New Bremen, Ohio.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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