Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport / Scioto Valley Interurban

Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport / Scioto Valley Interurban (HM86F)

Location: Groveport, OH 43125 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 51.19', W 82° 52.743'

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Ohio and Erie Canal in Groveport
The Ohio and Erie Canal was Ohio's solution to the lack of a reliable and fast transportation system to move goods to outside markets. The canal opened in the then unplatted village of Groveport on September 25, 1831 and contributed directly to Groveport's success as a center of commerce. W.H. Richardson built lock 22, the only lock in Groveport, as part of his bid to build section 52 of the canal. Lock 22, the last lock before a series of locks in Lockbourne, Ohio that lower the canal to the level of Big Walnut Creek, is 90 feet long with a 15 foot wide lock channel. A variety of businesses clustered along the banks of the canal. In the mid-nineteenth century, a canal boatyard and dry dock was operated in what is now Blacklick Park. Canal boats were built and repaired in this facility that was considered the first notable such operation on the canal below Baltimore, Ohio.

Scioto Valley Interurban
While Groveport flourished during the canal era, the town was removed from relative isolation with the introduction of the electric railroad operated by the Scioto Valley Traction Line. The tracks, which are still embedded and visible in Blacklick Street, were part of a system that connected Groveport to Columbus and surrounding communities. The line was completed in 1904, and the first trip was made from Columbus to Canal Winchester. From Groveport, the trip to Canal Winchester took only five minutes, as the car reached an amazing speed of 62 mph. The interurban allowed residents to work, shop, or seek entertainment outside of Groveport. The interurban also brought new opportunities for diversified commercial interests and a steady population growth to Groveport. Passenger service on the interurban ceased in 1930 when automobiles and buses made the system obsolete.
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HM NumberHM86F
Series This marker is part of the Ohio and Erie Canal series, and the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series.
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Marker Number40-25
Year Placed2002
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Groveport Heritage and Preservation Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 339256 N 4413149
Decimal Degrees39.85316667, -82.87905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 51.19', W 82° 52.743'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 51' 11.40" N, 82° 52' 44.58" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 735 Blacklick St, Groveport OH 43125, US
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