For much of the early 1900’s, the Summit lake area of Akron was among the most picturesque in the city.
The Ohio & Erie Canal carried freight traffic from 1827 to 1861, when the construction of railroads ended demand. The canal served as a water source for industries and towns until around 1913 when much of the canal system was abandoned/destroyed due to major flood damage.
With a train in the background a sunken canal boat in the foreground, and the prominent Northern Ohio Railway bridge towering over the scene, this historic postcard image gives a glimpse into Akron, Ohio’s transportation history.
Among the many attractions at Summit Beach Park were the “Around the Lake” (and a little of the canal) boat rides.