known as Berlin, the founding of Ft. Loramie preceded the arrival of the canal. This town,
along with its sister village to the south, Newport, benefited greatly from the canal.
Both were centers of commerce directly connected with the canal. The towns produced
bricks, tile, and grain products in addition to boat building and repair businesses.
Wealth generated from canal business allowed local German Catholics to build the
magnificent St. Michael's church in Ft. Loramie (early village days shown below), one of the largest churches in Ohio.