The Muskingum River Locks

The Muskingum River Locks (HM8N7)

Location: Zanesville, OH 43701 Muskingum County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 56.073', W 82° 0.222'

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The Zanesville lock, canal, and dam were part of a series of eleven such built on the Muskingum River from Marietta to Ellis, north of Zanesville, from 1836 to 1841. The improvements made the shallow river navigable by steamboats. The State of Ohio funded the project as part of the Ohio Canal System. The locks are approximately 35 feet wide and 160 feet long. The river improvements spurred the development of industry in Zanesville, including pottery manufacture, shipbuilding, and grain milling. From Zanesville, goods could be shipped north to the Ohio Canal and Lake Erie. Products could also be sent south to Marietta and then east to Pittsburgh or southwest to New Orleans. Steamboats brought in manufactured goods, staples, mail, and entertainment. After 1880, competition from railroads caused a gradual decline in the river traffic. Today the locks remain in operation for the enjoyment of pleasure boaters.
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HM NumberHM8N7
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number9-60
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Muskingum River Parkway and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 414241 N 4420975
Decimal Degrees39.93455000, -82.00370000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.073', W 82° 0.222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 4.38" N, 82° 0' 13.32" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 320 8th St, Zanesville OH 43701, US
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