Perrysburg's Hydraulic Canal – 1836 - 1940
Perrysburg's Hydraulic Canal is a fully-researched, fully-documented story of the construction and operation of the Hydraulic Canal that delivered water to businesses located on the Perrysburg waterfront from 1850 to 1890.
Content includes: Formation of the Perrysburg and Hydraulic Canal Company; Location of the dam and route of the canal; Construction details of the dam and the canal; Description of businesses deriving power from the canal; Financial aspects of the operations; Demise of the canal; Proposed electric power generation. Pix of the canal remnants as they exist today.
This book is fully-indexed and contains many full-color sketches, pictures, and illustrations.
About Gary L. Franks (Toledo, Ohio Author)
Gary grew up in South Toledo, attending Harvard Elementary and Libbey High Schools, graduating in 1962. He earned a bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Toledo University in 1968 while working as a lab technician and engineer-in-training at Surface Combustion Corporation. In 1972 he joined SSOE, Inc. Engineers - Architects and was elected a partner in the firm in 1981. As a registered professional engineer (now retired) in 14 states, Gary worked as Industrial Division Manager and Director of Computer and Information Systems and managed business accounts for major customers such as Owens-Illinois, Union Carbide, Boeing, and General Mills. Historic Perrysburg, Inc. honored Gary in 2016 by naming him the recipient of the Bentley Award in recognition of his contributions to the history of Perrysburg and surrounding area. He is a member of the Ohio Historical Society, Historic Perrysburg, Inc., Museum of the Great lakes, Wood County (OH) Genealogical Society, and is a founding member of the Perrysburg Area Historic Museum.