A historical marker celebrating the more than 30 years of Warren’s Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal was installed on West Market Street in Courthouse Square on Saturday.
The marker was the brainchild of the late Ray Bland of Warren.
In operation from 1845 to 1877, the canal played a major role in economic development in the Valley, serving as the modern highway of today.
“My husband had dreamed of having this sign put in Warren, Ohio, because he knew that so many citizens around this area did not know about a canal having gone through here,” said Janice Bland.
“We want to, kind of, educate people that this is how we really had a beginning,” said Jim McFarland, of the P&O Canal Marker Committee. “And, was the way of getting products that they made here and grain and coal and everything out of this area.”
The marker was funded by the Bland family, Trumbull 100, the Warren Rotary Club and the Ohio Historical Society.