Sixteen miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal between Cleveland and Akron are located within the boundaries of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a unit of the National Park System.
1. Trace the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal from Cleveland to Portsmouth.
2. How do you think canal routes were chosen?
3. Why wasn’t one canal built straight through the middle of the state?
4. Note the location of rivers and other bodies of water along the canal route. Why do you think the canal was built right next to a river? Why weren’t the rivers used for transportation?
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