3-15 | Canal Tunnels
Side A & B | Canal Tunnels
Southeast of this point are the Big and Little Tunnels. They were links in the 73-mile Sandy and Beaver Canal which connected the Ohio River with the Ohio and Erie Canal. Shifts of Irish laborers worked day and night with hand drills and blasting powder to cut the 1060-yard Big Tunnel which opened for commercial use in 1850 and was abandoned 2 years later, a victim of the railroad.
Sponsors: The Ohio Historical Society, The Columbiana County Historical Association, and the Canal Society of Ohio
This marker was the first one that we (1,465 or Bust) visited on our quest! If you're new to marker hunting like we were keep your eyes pealed and do not miss the pull-off for this marker on Rt. 30.