History in Pictures
Akron has a rich history of transportation and innovations, including the canal system, electric street cars, automobiles, blimps, planes and trains. Transportation means that brought people to and from this city, along with providing their needs once settled. Pictures are from www.summitmemory.org
Boat House and Row Boat 1900.
Bridge 1898. Two men and two women on top of the "Maggie Case" canal boat near a mule / pedestrian bridge on the Ohio & Erie Canal in Akron, Ohio. Canal boat captains preferred mules to horses because of their unique hybrid characteristics. From the donkey (the father), mules get intelligence and small hooves, which results in sure-footedness. From the horse (mother), mules get a cooperative disposition, endurance and strength.
Canal Cemetery 1890s. The Canal Boat Cemetery in the Upper Basin of the Ohio & Erie Canal near Falor Street in Akron, Ohio.
Canal Map circa 1900
On October 10, 1888 the electric streetcar came to Akron and replaced the horse-drawn herdic. On the trial run, with William Hilliard "at the lever" and 40 men and boys as passengers, the car went out West Market Street to Portage Path and returned - in 15 minutes.
Empire Omnibus Line on S. Main Street at Buchtel Avenue in Akron at the Empire House Hotel. c1885
Airship Akron 1912
Electric trolley bus. 1948
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