From the archives: When Butler County cities used canals for downtown travel

Last canal boat out of Middletown, 1906. MIDDLETOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Last canal boat out of Middletown, 1906. MIDDLETOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Canal travel was the main way to get merchandise and people to and from Butler County in the 1800 and 1900’s.

Ohio’s canal system was most effective between 1827 and 1850 before the introduction of the railroads. The 1913 Flood destroyed much of the canal.

Click on the card below to view images showing how Butler County cities used canals in our archive photos.

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