Creating Crossroads of Commerce

Creating Crossroads of Commerce (HMWY0)

Location: Akron, OH 44308 Summit County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 5.097', W 81° 31.023'

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Ohio & Erie Canalway

You are near "Hall's Corners," the center of Akron's first business district, named after the general store that once stood at the corner of Market and Howard streets. Across Market Street from where you are standing, was the Empire House, the most modern hotel in northern Ohio at the time. Right next to the Empire House, the Pennsylvania & Ohio (P&O) Canal ran down the middle of Main Street, providing a direct water link to Pittsburgh. The Ohio & Erie Canal flowed two blocks to the west. Together, these canals helped the "city at the summit" become a frontier boomtown.

Did You Know...
For decades Hall's Corners merchants controlled the P&O Canal and enjoyed a monopoly on Akron's commerce. Once the canal closed in 1884, business waned as new stores, hotels and attractions opened along the newly paved Main Street.
HM NumberHMWY0
Placed ByCity of Akron, Cascade Locks Park Association, and Metro Parks Serving Summit County
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 456571 N 4548316
Decimal Degrees41.08495000, -81.51705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 5.097', W 81° 31.023'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 5' 5.82" N, 81° 31' 1.38" W
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Area Code(s)330, 234
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 S Main St, Akron OH 44308, US
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