Miami-Erie and Wabash-Erie Canals

Miami-Erie and Wabash-Erie Canals (HMI3Z)

Location: Defiance, OH 43512 Paulding County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 11.665', W 84° 27.422'

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Junction, Ohio

On this site, the Miami and Erie Canal, that came north from Cincinnati and the Ohio River, intersected with the Wabash and Erie Canal that came from Fort Wayne and Evansville, Indiana. From this point, which became the town of Junction, the canals proceeded as one to Defiance, Toledo, and Lake Erie. From the 1830s to the 1870s, the canals played a key role in the settling of Paulding County, an area that was once part of the Great Black Swamp. They held the promise of easier and quicker passenger transportation and commodity shipping and Junction became a landmark for fugitive slaves escaping to Canada. Once a thriving and growing community, the village of Junction became a forgotten historical note with the passing of the canal era and the coming of the railroads. Today, the Buckeye Trail and North County Trail follow the canal path through Paulding County.
HM NumberHMI3Z
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series, and the Wabash & Erie Canal series.
Marker Number4-63
Year Placed2008
Placed ByJohn Paulding Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 713247 N 4563457
Decimal Degrees41.19441667, -84.45703333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 11.665', W 84° 27.422'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 11' 39.90" N, 84° 27' 25.32" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18954-18982 Co Hwy C-180, Defiance OH 43512, US
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