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Good. Roscoe Village Foundations, Coshocton, Ohio [Published Date: 1991]. Soft cover, 75 pp, plus 5 pages of maps. 1991 revised edition. Contents include: Introduction; In The Beginning; Feeder Canals and Roads; Agitation and Authorization; The Route & Town; Construction-Boom and Bust; Engineering & Structures; The Aborted Extensions; Operation 1842-1861; Marking Time-1861-1896; The Feeder, Rebuild & Finish; People and the Canal; Epilogue & Distances and Place Names; Expenditures & Receipts g Carrent Guide; Bibliography; Maps. Black and white illustrations and photo reproductions throughout. In good condition. Black and white illustrated paper covers have light bumping to edges and corners and light overall scuffing and aging. Spine is cracked close to the middle of the spine and the glued binding is brittle but spine is still intact. Pages are clean and unmarked. NOT Ex-Library. NO remainder marks. [From Introduction] By providing a desperately needed inland transportation system, the construction of Ohio's 19th-century canal system transformed the wilderness state of about half a million scattered inhabitants into the third most populous state in the Union-in only a few decades. Providing pioneer farmers with access to eastern and even international markets and catalyzing the growth of industry, Ohio's canal era brought prosperity to the land. Because water offers so little resistance at the three or four mile-an-hour speeds at which they travelled, canal boats made it possible for a team of two or three mules to haul 50 to 80 tons of cargo-in contrast to the meager couple of tons that might be loaded into a wagon to be drawn over often-impassable muddy trails. These humble vessels not only enabled pioneer farmers to get two or three times as much for the products of their labors, but on their return trips the boats brought Ohio settlers the staples that had been prohibitively expensive for some-salt, coffee, and even real window glass to seal their log cabins against the ravages of Ohio winters. But by mid-century, rail nets cobwebbed the state, and the wood-burning iron horses began putting the canals out of business, since they travelled ten times as fast as canal boats and their right-of-ways didn't freeze up in winter. But the canal System had done its job during the first thirty years of its existence. Between 1826 and 1859 property values increased fourteen times in the 37 canal counties.....[Terry K. Woods] probably knows more about that unfortunately truncated adventure than anyone else alive today...This exhaustive research of "25 miles to nowhere" is reflected in the pages of this book.
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