Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

Timeline 1803-1950


Map of the Ohio Canal System.
 enlarge image icon The Ohio Canal System. Courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio and Erie Canal completed. Operates between Cleveland, Ohio and Portsmouth, Ohio. It is 308 miles long with 146 lift locks and a rise of 1,206 feet.


Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad chartered.


Ohio is the 3rd most prosperous state, in large part due to the Ohio and Erie Canal.


James Garfield (who becomes the 20th president) works on the canal as a muleskinner.


Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad completed.