Just about every inch along the Ohio and Erie Canal is believed to be haunted. Ghosts and spirits appear to be connected to the manmade waterway. During construction of the canal, workers disturbed Native American burial grounds.Their angry spirits aren't at rest and many people think that they haunt the area near Red Lock. A lot of visitors have reported seeing things that they couldn't explain.
Lock 34, also called Red Lock was once known for its red gates. The lock is part of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Workers built the the lock on Native American burial grounds.
The Ohio and Erie Canal began construction on July 4, 1825 in Newark, Ohio. Construction lasted through 1832. When completed, the canal was 308 miles long with 146 locks. The canal was used to haul freight and supplies from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Railroads eventually took over freight hauling in 1861 and the canal was soon abandoned. Most of the canal was destroyed on March 23, 1913 when a major storm flooded the waterway. In this disaster, 479 people were killed statewide.
There are countless ghost stories involving the Ohio and Erie Canal. Each town along the canal has a few. Many people have witnessed odd things and some of them claim to have encountered a ghost. Red Lock is allegedly haunted by former canal workers and Native Americans.
Lock 34 is located at 1175 Highland Road, in Sagamore Hills Township, Ohio.
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