During our trip to Ohio in August, 2010, Scott and Kathy went with my honey and me, on (in all probability) my last fishing trip to the Ohio canal. As a young lad, I spent many happy days fishing, boating, hiking and camping along the old canal. My friends and I often camped over night along the banks of the canal, staying up late to catch catfish and carp. Carp are not edible, but they sure were fun to catch, and that’s what fishing was all about for us.
The old Ohio Canal was used for hauling everything from coal and food to passengers and livestock, and stretched from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. “Mulepower” was used to pull the canal boats along on what was called the “towpath,” and there were many stops along the way. Mules, livestock, boat crews and passengers made it necessary to provide rest stops, hotels, eateries and saloons near the canal at ports of call such as Massillon, (the town we grew up in) Navarre, Clinton, and Canal Fulton. In 1855, heavy competition from the railroad industry forced the canal boats out of business.
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