Sunday, September 23, 2018

Canal and Glass

New Bremen, OH    High 81  Low 67

The Miami and Erie Canal is 249 miles and runs from Cincinnati to Toledo. Work was begun on the canal on July 25, 1825 and completed in 1845.

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Most of the work was done by Irish, French, and German immigrants who worked for 31 cents a day and a jigger of whiskey.

20180915_114450Lock One North is located next door to the bicycle museum. It was constructed of white oak and was replaced in 1910 using concrete. It was rebuilt in 2006 when the concrete was poured using forms specifically designed to replicate the wooden planks used in the 1910 lock.

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There are 105 locks used to raise and lower boats traveling between Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

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An interesting quick stop to see a part of our country’s history.

Our next stop was the Ohio Glass Museum. We were disappointed because their furnace was under repair so we did not get to see any glass blowing.

But we did get to watch a bead making demonstration which was interesting. That really takes a steady hand and a whole lot of patience.

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We didn’t get to see our bead as it had to sit in vermiculite for 24 hours.

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They had some really beautiful displays – the theme was Red, White, and Blue.

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I also really liked this green bottle.

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Remember ashtrays?

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And coca-cola bottles? Here’s one of the molds used to make them.

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The docent was very knowledgeable. Her father, father-in-law, and husband were all glass blowers for many years.

14 comments:

  1. I remember the locks at the place we were togeter in New York state.

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  2. You are definitely one busy tourist! By the time you get to Arizona, you're going to have so much more knowledge wrapped in that pretty little head of yours!

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  3. Love anything glass blowing. Those beads look interesting. They made Coke bottles one at a time?

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  4. I love the glass museum. Patience is the right word for that job. Her beads are beautiful

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  5. I've broken enough glass in my life to keep the glass museum in business for years! :cO

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  6. We once toured a canal boat; very interesting. Now I'm going to be singing the Erie Canal song all day. :)

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  7. Beautiful glass! My son has biked the canal trail. Said it was beautiful.

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  8. Newell WV has a free tour of the fiestaware.

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  9. Living in Toledo for a number of years in two different periods, we have made a few short trips on the canals...great flashback.

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  10. You had another interesting day. Love the glass beads so pretty. They used to have a place here that you could go watch them but I believe it has closed. Always wanted to check it out.

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  11. Nice that you got to see the locks there and the glass museum.

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  12. It seems so odd to read post from you here in the East. How often do you cross the Mississippi?

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  13. I would have loved to have taken the cruise through the Panama Canal, but that's not going to happen. Have you been keeping track of the flooding so you can plan the drive around it? I haven't been following blogs--delinquent, again! Soon I will see you. Interesting post. Beautiful glass. Hi to Jim and the pups!

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  14. I have never been through a canal. I would love to have the experience. Especially the Erie.

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Thanks for visiting today. I look forward to reading your comments. Have a beautiful day.