Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

Timeline 1803-1950


People sitting on top of canal boats at a dock.
 enlarge image icon Nye family boats. Nye's father stands on rear of boat and his mother is seated in front holding a young child, 1884. Courtesy of Summit County Historical Society, Akron, Ohio.

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad connects Baltimore, Maryland with the Ohio River at Wheeling, West Virginia.


Traffic on the canal and revenue from operations peaks.


Canal badly flooded.  State leases canal to group of private investors.


February 5

Pearl R. Nye born on canal boat Reform near Chillicothe, Ohio. He is the 15th of 18 Nye children.