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National Canal Museum - Lumber Shortages & Two-Way Navigation

Although fascinating, canal history remains one of the hidden stories of America's past. Yet canals were integral to the country's growth, providing the first long-distance "highways" that penetrated America's interior. Their importance was short-lived but came at a time when the United States was establishing itself as an industrial power. Without canals and their ability to transfer natural resources, manufactured products, and thousands of immigrants seeking a new life, America's transition from a farm-based economy to one based on heavy industry would have been delayed by several decades.

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From Mahoning Township to the Moon

Posted June 16, 2021 by Daphne Mayer

From Mahoning Township to the Moon
by NCM Historian Martha Capwell Fox

As recently as the early 1950s, one-or two-room elementary school houses for first to eighth graders still dotted…

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