Welcome to ohiowaterways.com!   If you are here, it is likely that you are working on a project with me and are contemplating making a contribution to the site.

Ohiowaterways describes life along the Ohio Canal and the Little Cuyahoga River that run through Akron, Ohio.  The form of the site is an illustrated dictionary.   The dictionary contains information about plants, animals, built things, organizations, and culture and landscape found along the canal and the river.  The dictionary is open ended, that is, there can be more entries added and as many different kinds of illustrations of the entries as are presented by participants.  A single definition can have many different illustrations.  Some could be drawings, others photographs or videos.

If you have an idea for the site please contact me.  If you have a definition or an illustration you may email it to me by using the address to the left.

Thank you,

Donna Webb

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Located on North Street, once the home of Swinehart Tire &Rubber Co.(established l904). Long before Swinehart, this was the site of Schumacher’s German Mill. Since l985, ABTEC has occupied what remained of the former Swinehart … more

Ace Rubber

Formerly American Rubber Company. Built in 1910-l9l9 on the site of the Aetna Mills north of lock 11. Chuck Guarro took over the Ace Rubber Co. name and moved his headquarters to the old building … more

Adam’s Ale

Fresh spring or well wate: the best water God can provide. No one actually drank the canal water. Instead they used springs such as the ones near Locks 10,15 and 16. A spring on the … more

Aetna Mill

One of Akron’s early mills. Built in l838 near the site which is now between the steam plant and Ace Rubber. Nearby was an earlier Aetna pig iron furnace erected in l832-3 and named after … more


Our city, The name is derived from the Greek, “high” . Its location at the continental divide separating the Lake Erie watershed from the Mississippi River watershed made the Akron site one of those considered … more

Akron Buzzard

Akron newspaper first published in l887 by historian Samuel Lane under the pen name Jedediah Brownhead Esq. Its purpose was to fight crime and expose the crooks attracted to the area by the activity surrounding … more