Silt builds up, threatening local canalboat rides

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CANAL FULTON: The nearly 40-year run on the Ohio and Erie Canal of the replica St.
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“LOCAL REPORTER DISCOVERS.....”

Since: Jul 08

What? My birth town?

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Jul 28, 2008
 
The maintenance of the boat, both daily operations and repairs in the dry dock are expensive, but worth every penny.

Every time I have been around the boat it has been it has been an experience of fascination for everyone involved.

Anything that involves tourism should be priority one. Keep the boat afloat.
Soulman

Mogadore, OH

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Jul 28, 2008
 
Manpower and shovels cannot cost a half million dollars. How do you think they dug this thing in the first place?
Power to the People

Mansfield, OH

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Jul 28, 2008
 
That's a fun ride on the St Helena. Would love to ride the canal from Cleveland to the Ohio river one day.
Ryan

United States

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Jul 28, 2008
 
Soulman wrote:
Manpower and shovels cannot cost a half million dollars. How do you think they dug this thing in the first place?
Are you volunteering your time and sweat to help dig? The O&E canal took 8 years to build and employed thousands of men during construction.

Workers were initially paid .30 cents a day plus a whiskey ration. The canal still cost millions of dollars to build. In today's dollars, the cost would run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Are you prepared to work for .30 cents a day in the heat of the summer to redig this aging canal?

Get a clue, Einstein.
Ryan

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Jul 28, 2008
 
Power to the People wrote:
That's a fun ride on the St Helena. Would love to ride the canal from Cleveland to the Ohio river one day.
No can do. It's not a fully connected system anymore.

“LOCAL REPORTER DISCOVERS.....”

Since: Jul 08

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Jul 28, 2008
 
The Towpath will only go to New Philly and Cleveland. Sadly much of the canal is gone due to home construction, factories and farms.

As far as the thirty cent workers, don't forget Malaria used to kill off most of the Irish and Germans who did work on the canal. No unions I guess.

I used to offer lectures on the canal from construction until its demise in 1913. Pretty interesting reading if you can find the books.

One of the best books is "A Photo Album of Ohio's Canal Era," by Jack Gieck. He also made a good video which I have not seen on the market since he introduced it about 8 years ago. I'm sure it is still available.
Paul Kersey Jr

Massillon, OH

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Jul 28, 2008
 
Soulman wrote:
Manpower and shovels cannot cost a half million dollars. How do you think they dug this thing in the first place?
I kind of agree with this assesment. I find it hard to believe it would cost half a million dollars to dredge out high spots over a mile and a quarter. I dont think the cost of a trac hoe and a few dump trucks would cost that much to dredge out some high spots.
mad

Uniontown, OH

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Aug 4, 2008
 

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I am surprised people are worrying about tourism and the stupid boat when our schools are in such financial difficulties. I think Canal Fulton should worry about taking care of their schools or tourism will be the least of their concerns. No one wants to move into a town with bad schools or no schools at all.
concerned citizen

South Vienna, OH

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Aug 4, 2008
 
shelly the journalist wrote:
The maintenance of the boat, both daily operations and repairs in the dry dock are expensive, but worth every penny.
Every time I have been around the boat it has been it has been an experience of fascination for everyone involved.
Anything that involves tourism should be priority one. Keep the boat afloat.
tourism? people come to OHio for this??????
rekd

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Aug 15, 2008
 
concerned citizen wrote:
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tourism? people come to OHio for this??????
I think groups(seniors, scouts etc) may come to canal fulton to ride the boat. I do not htink people come from out of state to do it.
May Fong

Franklin, PA

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Aug 15, 2008
 
Soulman wrote:
Manpower and shovels cannot cost a half million dollars. How do you think they dug this thing in the first place?
It only cost 7 million to do the whole thing in the first place.... Its price gouging...
May Fong

Franklin, PA

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Aug 15, 2008
 
Start paying In whiskey bonuses again.... That's the way to get people working... It worked in the old days.

That's how they got it built in the first place..
Them old guys knew what they were doing. Whatever it takes to motivate...

Take some of them hookers from lisa's. They need jobs now too. Toss their services into the pot. And I bet they could get it done in no time at half the estimated cost.
MAN WHO KNOWS

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Jan 13, 2013
 
WHO GIVES A RATS ASS.CANAL FULTON SUCKS.NEED TO SPEND MONEY ON MORE IMPORTANT THINGS,DUMBASSES.

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