Used to ship flour and cereal from Akron mills. By 1880 the more than 500,000 used annually were made by 125 coopers employed by five leading barrel factories. In l925 a barrel factory in Akron … more
Currently Viewing the letter B
(Sagina procumbens) A tiny weed which grows abundantly on byrophyte-covered boulders just south of Lock 11.
(Carya cordiformis) One of the most common hickory trees, often seen along the Cuyahoga Valley. The nuts are so bitter, few animals eat them.
(Ursus Americanus) A large carnivorous mammal with dense black fur, weighing in at about three hundred pounds. These were both a danger and a food source to early inhabitants along the canal.
(Robinia pseudoacacia) Found along the canal. The strong, heavy wood was used for fencing.
Possibly malaria, typhus or diphtheria, struck the canal workers and the small Akron community in l827. Akron became almost deserted because so many died or fled.
(Rubus allegheniensis) Also called dewberry. Eaten by both humans, bears and other smaller animals and birds. The thicket provides protection for rabbits.