Tuesday, August 03, 1999

Miami-Erie Canal fate uncertain




BY JANET C. WETZEL
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — The fate of the smelly old hydraulic canal that runs through the northern section of the city will be among the topics for city commissioners at today's meeting.

        During hot weather, when there is little movement in the Miami-Erie Canal and the water drops to a foot deep or less in some places, the telephone calls start, said Earl Smith, City Commission president.

        “People have been complaining about the canal again in the last few weeks,” Mr. Smith said. “The water is green and nasty, and has a bad odor.”

        With an office building proposed on a nearby corner and a new home for the 12th District Court of Appeals on another, it might be time to discuss the canal's future, Mr. Smith said.

        “There are a number of compelling reasons to do something about the canal,” he said. “I talked to people from the Middletown Historical Canal Museum about it.”

        Ground was broken in 1825 for the Middletown section of the canal, which extended south to Cincinnati and north to Toledo.

        The canal's usefulness de clined when the railroads came in the mid-1800s.

        The Middletown section was rarely used after a flood in 1913 damaged the canal's banks. The canal's life ended here in 1929 when the feeder stream from the Great Miami to the canal was shut off.

        The museum at Verity Parkway and Tytus Avenue has a large display of photographs, paintings, artifacts and videos that help keep the history of the canal alive.

        Commissioners will discuss the canal at 5 p.m. today in the second-floor conference room. The regular meeting follows at 6:30 p.m. in chambers.

       



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