Remarkable Ohio


Below is a complete listing of all Ohio Historical Markers. To find a detailed marker listing including text, photographs, and locations, click on a county below. Our listing is updated by the markers program as new markers are installed and older markers are reported damaged or missing.

2-84 The Devola Lock

Side A: The Devola Lock was one of eleven built on the Muskingum River from Marietta to Ellis, north of Zanesville, from 1836 to 1841. The locks are approximately thirty-five feet wide and 160 feet long. The State of Ohio funded the project as part of the Ohio Canal System. The improvements made the shallow river navigable by steamboats. Travelers ascended over 100 feet from Marietta to Dresden on ninety miles of river. Farmers shipped corn, wheat, eggs, and wool, while manufacturers shipped goods, staples such as sugar, the mail, news, and entertainment. After 1880, competition from railroads caused a gradual decline in the river traffic. Today the locks remain in operation for the enjoyment of pleasure boaters.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Muskingum River Parkway and The Ohio Historical Society
Location: Located at the town of Devola, 5.8 miles from the mouth of the Muskingum River, adjacent to the lock. From the intersection of Rt 60 and River Road follow the signs for “Devola Lock And Dam #2.” The marker is in a park beside the Lock.
Latitude: 39.4708020
Longitude: -81.4909670