Lock 5 South on the Miami & Erie Canal - Lockington, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bluejacket01
N 40° 12.297 W 084° 14.247
16T E 735119 N 4454165
Quick Description: Lock 5 South is the last lock in a flight of five located in the village of Lockington, Ohio. Just below lock 5 are the remnants of the Loramie Creek Aqueduct.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 10/26/2013 2:31:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMJBV1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
Views: 2

Long Description:
Lock 5 has been reinforced with timber struts to prevent the walls from falling in. The M&E locks were constructed on a foundation composed of timber mattresses. As long as the lock is in water, the timber will last indefinitely. Since these locks are dry, the timber foundation has rotted away and the walls are moving. While a timber mattress may sound lame, it is a reasonable foundation; for example, the massive stone towers of the Roebling Suspension Bridge crossing the Ohio River in Cincinnati and built in 1866 are supported on timber mattress foundations, and this bridge is still standing and performing well.

The Miami & Erie Canal was in full operation roughly from 1845 to 1913. Details about the Miami & Erie Canal can be found at the web sites of the Canal Society of Ohio and the American Canal Society (also listed below). Wikipedia contains a good summary of the canal's history, and a number of interesting links, including plat maps of the canal arranged by county.
Waterway Name: The Miami & Erie Canal

Connected Points:
Connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River, from Toledo to Cincinnati, Ohio; for a distance of 200 miles


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 7/1/1845

Date Closed (if applicable): 7/1/1906

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Inactive

Web Site: [Web Link]

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