The Ohio & Erie Canal and the "Twin Cities" / The Ohio & Erie Canal and the Dry Dock Lock

The Ohio & Erie Canal and the "Twin Cities" / The Ohio & Erie Canal and the Dry Dock Lock (HM7Z2)

Location: Baltimore, OH 43105 Fairfield County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 50.748', W 82° 36.407'

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The Ohio & Erie Canal and the "Twin Cities"

On this site the Ohio & Erie Canal flowed south and down-level under the Market Street Bridge. Nearby Pawpaw Creek and the canal culturally divided the Swiss settlers to the west in Basil and the Virginia pioneers to the east in New Market (Baltimore by 1833). In March 1825, the "Twin Cities" were "dedicated" one day apart and energized a feud that often erupted at the bridge where "the boys of one village entered the other at their peril and where the worst of the intervillage fights were held." The rivalry stretched well into the twentieth century and was arguably terminated with an uneasy consolidation of the two in 1947.

The Ohio & Erie Canal and the Dry Dock Lock

In October 1831, the fire boats "locked through" eight numbered locks nearby and in New Market (Baltimore by 1833) and Basil. One half mile to the northeast is the famous Dry Dock Lock (Lock No. Five) described as "the most important lock in the county and considered the best dry dock between Cleveland and Portsmouth." This year 'round dry dock consisted of a basin with an outlet into the canal so that all water could be drained from it. Water ran into the dock from the "recess" back of the lock. The outlet gates were opened, the water was drained, and the boats were lowered onto trestles where they were repaired. Many new boats were also built.
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HM NumberHM7Z2
Series This marker is part of the Ohio and Erie Canal series, and the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series.
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Marker Number4-23
Year Placed2003
Placed ByBaltimore Chamber of Commerce/Baltimore Festival Association, Baltimore Community Improvement Corporation, Baltimore Lions Club, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 9:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 362534 N 4411877
Decimal Degrees39.84580000, -82.60678333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.748', W 82° 36.407'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 44.88" N, 82° 36' 24.42" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 W Market St, Baltimore OH 43105, US
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