Monday, April 10, 2017

May 5, 2017: How the Canals Created Akron



Mr. Denny Reiser, well known for leading his history, nature, and flower walks for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Parks, and the Cascade Locks Park Association, will lead you back in time from when the Ohio & Erie Canal was in its infancy, up until the great flood of 1913 which was the end of the Canal's function and use. The Canal is said to have been the main reason Akron exists, as there were so many locks in such a short distance that travelers got off their boat while it made it's way through the many locks, spending a day or longer along this area. You will learn about the canal, the mill race, as well as the many mills and furnaces along the mill race. You will learn about the industrial and commercial history of Akron, and what life was like in the 1800's in Akron.

What: How the Canals Created Akron Walking Tour
Date: Friday May 5, 2017
Start time: 5:30pm
End time: 6:30pm
Led by: Cascade Locks Park Association
Meeting location: Cascade Valley Park / Mustill Store 248 Ferndale St, Akron, OH 44304
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, kid friendly, wheelchair accessible
Parking: Cascade Valley Park Trial Head parking lot off of North St. There is also plenty of street parking on North St.

Route:
The Mustill family house and the Mustill Store and Museum
The Schumacher Mill Wheel site
The mill race tunnel entrance that goes underground south of the mill site and comes out into the Little Cuyahoga River
Lock 14 trail head Towpath connector at the Beech Street Trailhead
The powerhouse foundation at Beech St. Cascade Lofts & the new canal bridge to the planned Cascade Village loop trail.