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This 1912 map shows different sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal, including the section where Lock No. 37 is located.
courtesy of Library of Congress
Painted by world-famous artist Eric Grohe, the vividly realistic mural depicts the Ohio & Erie Canal that once ran through Massillon, Ohio. The canal was a major source of Massillon’s commercial activity. Constructed in the late 1820s, the canal carried freight traffic and served as a water source for industries and towns along the canal. The canal was a booming success for almost a century by bringing work and commerce to Massillon and surrounding areas. But, by 1913, most of the canal system was abandoned after being flooded. 
The mural by Grohe is painted on a building that directly faces the canal, making it appear you can see right through the brick wall to the canal in the 18th century.
The Ideal Company Department Store opened its doors in 1921 in Stark County, Ohio, and was closed by the late 1950s. While gazing up at the...
Spring Hill Historic Home, built in 1821, found its place in history as a station on the Underground Railroad. The house was built by and home to the...
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The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Across the nation—and the world—only the limits of imagination will limit its use.Learn More
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