The Auglaize County Historical Society will present “Supply and Demand: The Miami and Erie Canal” with Neal Brady, executive director of the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association, on Thursday, February 17, at 7 pm, on the Historical Society Facebook page.
In his highly illustrated program, Brady will present examples of how canal water power promoted industry and the shipping of resources and finished goods.
The Miami and Erie Canal ran about 274 miles from Cincinnati, to Toledo, creating a water route from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. At its peak, it included 19 aqueducts, three guard locks, 103 canal locks, multiple feeder canals, and several human-made reservoirs. The canal climbed 395 feet above Lake Erie and 513 feet above the Ohio River to reach a topographical peak called the Loramie Summit, which extended 19 miles between New Bremen and Lockington. Because of competition from railroads, which began in the 1850s, the commercial use of the canal gradually declined during the late 19th century. It was permanently abandoned for commercial use after the 1913 Flood.
Neal Brady has served as the Executive Director of the Miami-Erie Canal Corridor Association since 2003. A native of Hocking County, Brady holds a degree in Park and Recreation Administration from the Ohio State University, as well as a master’s degree in business from Wright State University.
States Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber. “Neal Brady is an undisputed expert on the canal, one of our county’s most important transportation features. We look forward to what promises to be a fascinating program.”
The program is presented as part of the Auglaize County Historical Society’s heritage tourism initiative, “Auglaize County: IN MOTION,” which celebrates and highlights the many transportation- and motion-related themes and sites in the county. IN MOTION is funded through a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.
To access the event, simply go to the Auglaize County Historical Society’s Facebook page (also accessible via https://www.facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory ) a little before 7pm on February 17. The program will appear as the most current post on the page. Make sure you adjust your volume (on the screen), if needed.