W is for Whitewater Canal Tunnel

Just a short stroll from South Miami Avenue in the Southwest Ohio town of Cleves is tucked an often overlooked piece of history: the Cincinnati – Whitewater Canal Tunnel.

Now a mere mere hint of what it once was and what it once promised for the region, this silt-filled tunnel had been used by canal boats for just thirteen years. Sold to the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad in 1863, soon locomotives thundered through the often flooded tunnel until being abandoned in the late 1880s.

Built during the years of 1839 – 1843, the Whitewater Canal Tunnel linked Hagerstown and Connersville, Indiana to Harrison, Ohio before entering Lawrenceburg, Indiana, until reaching the mighty Ohio River.

http://www.indcanal.org/

One of twelve canal tunnels in the country at the time, today only four such tunnels remain. This nearly forgotten structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/03/24/problems-plagued-canal-projects/6833875/

http://www.northbendohio.org/CanalTunnel.html

http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/whitewater.html

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. I completely loved this – what a historical gem!! ❤ Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Oh, this is one of many fascinating, tucked-away places scattered all over the country. This is the kind of post I will be sharing on Discovering, while Creatzart will focus more on the visual story. I love not only the perspective, the overview, that history provides, but also the actual people and overlooked details, those ‘trivial’ treasures that are a little tougher to discover – but are so very worth sharing.
      Thank you for reading and thank you for commenting!

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  2. In my own words April 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I love finding under-appreciated treasures like the Whitewater Canal Tunnel. Thank you for sharing your find, and photos. I’ve enjoyed your blog! Let’s keep the momentum going in May! http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

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  3. That’s really interesting. I didn’t know that canals had tunnels. I wonder if the river ever got too high to get through them.

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