Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

Timeline 1803-1950


Ohio becomes the 17th state. It is one of the poorest states in the nation, in large part because it lacks major transportation routes to major markets.



Ohio state legislature authorizes construction of Ohio and Erie Canal to open up transportation routes to eastern markets and promote commerce.

July 4

Ground broken on Ohio and Erie Canal at Licking Summit near Newark, Ohio.

A plaque mounted on a stone wall.
  Plaque commemorating opening of Ohio and Erie Canal. Photograph by Jane Ann Turzillo.


July 4

Ohio and Erie Canal opens from Cleveland, Ohio to Akron, Ohio.