13. Final Report on a Phased Archeological Survey
Along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley NRA, Summit
Cuyahoga Counties, Ohio.
Noble, Vergil E.
One of the most ambitious developments yet undertaken by the National Park
Service within Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area involves
transformation of the Ohio and Erie Canal towpath into a multiple-use
trail. Since creation of the Towpath Trail would entail certain impacts to
the towpath itself, as well as to lands immediately alongside that historic
feature, planning for the project necessarily included archeological
investigations. Those studies, which were conducted intermittently between
1987 and 1990, resulted in the discovery of three prehistoric and eleven
historic archeological sites; the positions of three previously reported
sites relative to the canal also were confirmed. Furthermore, cross
sections of the towpath were examined and recorded at several locations.
This report summarizes the methods and results of the entire Towpath Trail
archeological survey with additional emphasis on finds made during the 1990
phase of operations. Recommendations also are offered for the continued
management of cultural resources inventoried here.
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