The Devola Lock

The Devola Lock (HMBSW)

Location: Marietta, OH 45750 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 28.248', W 81° 29.472'

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The Devola Lock was one of eleven built on the Muskingum River from Marietta to Ellis, north of Zanesville, from 1836 to 1841. The locks are approximately thirty-five feet wide and 160 feet long. The State of Ohio funded the project as part of the Ohio Canal System. The improvements made the shallow river navigable by steamboats. Travelers ascended over 100 feet from Marietta to Dresden on ninety miles of river. Farmers shipped corn, wheat, eggs, and wool, while manufacturers shipped goods, staples such as sugar, the mail, news, and entertainment. After 1880, competition from railroads caused a gradual decline in the river traffic. Today the locks remain in operation for the enjoyment of pleasure boaters.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number2-84
Year Placed1996
Placed ByMuskingum River Parkway and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:30am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 457749 N 4369139
Decimal Degrees39.47080000, -81.49120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.248', W 81° 29.472'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 14.88" N, 81° 29' 28.32" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1424 River Rd, Marietta OH 45750, US
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