Wednesday, April 20, 2011

RESEARCH INTO THE LOCK 57 AREA BARES SOME FRUIT

 This is the remaining stone abutment of Bever's Covered Bridge.  It was built around 1809 by John Bever  who also helped found the first paper mill.  It was the first wooden covered toll bridge in Ohio and the Northwest Territory.  Bever was also helped by a man named Thomas Moore, the postmaster at Smith's Ferry (Now Glasgow).  Sometime around 1833 the bridge was turned over to Columbiana County as a gift by Bever.


There is a canal right beside it.  It is Lock #55.  There are 57 locks for the Sandy and  Beaver Canal System, #55 is the last one you can see in the line.  #56 and 57 are gone, though I have heard rumors that #57 is simply submerged under the creek waters, it having risen when the dams were built on the Ohio River. 
There are a dozen other sights along  Beaver Creek I have yet to see from an era long gone. I can't wait to show you what we find.