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Jack Gieck is a retired engineer. He is past-president of the Canal Society of Ohio and founder of Cinemark, Inc., a producer of technical and historical films including the award-winning video series Ohio's Canal Era. He is also the author of Early Akron's Industrial Valley: A History of the Cascade Locks (Kent State University Press, 2007).
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  • Series: Ohio
  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press; Reissue edition (March 13, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873383532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873383530
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a profusely illustrated "coffee table book".

A Photo Album of Ohio's Canal Era, 1825-1913 (Ohio) is a discussion and photo-history of the numerous feeder lakes and transportation canals (for both supplies and passengers) which were spread like stitch-work across the Buckeye State in the 19th and early 20th centuries, before the railroads nullified their utility and viable existence.

The remnants of many of these intriguing canals can still be viewed at various locations, including a number of the brilliantly conceived sandstone-constructed locks and aqueducts. A few have even been restored to their original magnificence. Most of the original canal feeder lakes (e.g., Buckeye Lake) have since been designated as state parks, all of which allow boating, fishing, and camping in addition to other outdoor recreational pursuits.

The original photographs in this book are exceptional. Of course they are rendered in black-and-white. The documentation of each canal has been well-researched and many folks will be surprised to learn that the hamlets in which they live are actually named for a particular lock such as [Lock] Seventeen, Ohio on U.S. Route 36.

For well over 50 years, I've lived within a mile of the Ohio-Erie Canal which generally parallels U.S. Route 23 and State Route 104 between Columbus (the state's contemporary Capital) and Portsmouth, the latter community marking the southern terminus of the canal which ultimately dumped into the Ohio River, (about 1/2 mile west of the Scioto River's current confluence with the Ohio).
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Highly recommended for those interested in the history of canals, particularly in Ohio. Book is organized very nicely and contains unusual photographs. Those living in canal areas will like to compare scenes of then with now. This book gets its point across that at one time (early 19th century) canals were the best thing going for shipping goods and for transportation.
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By A Customer on February 12, 2001
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I borrowed this book from a friend a few weeks ago. For those just beginning an interest in Ohio's canals, this is a grand book you'll find difficult to put down. If you are already versed in the Ohio canals' history, this is a very good book to have for a reference. The introductory chapter on the history of photography was, in itself, an education. Why? Because it examined that technology as it progressed through time. And since the book is made up of hundreds of canal photos through time, it is important to put the status of photographers into the overall understanding (and appreciation) of this era.
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I read this book 20 years ago getting it from a library. I am retired now and the easy going life of the canal days intrigues me so I found it on amazon at a fraction of the price, and my copy used to be an old library book too! If you are interested in Ohio Canals this is one of the must have books to fully appreciate another time in history.
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