Morris Seely's Ditch
Miami Canal

" Miami Canal History"
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The following material covers the Miami-Erie Canal;
with due consideration to the Miami Canal, with emphasizes on
Morris Seely, his life of foibles and follies,
one such adventure being... Seely's Ditch, welcome aboard.
 Feel free to download and use anything you may find of interest,
as well as contact me for any support dealing with the content.
As I can fix anything but a broken heart.

Dedicated to Robert Creeley, (May 21, 1926 March 30, 2005) knowing that you know that you know.

Morris Seely

History of Dayton, Ohio 1889
 (page 160) In 1830 a company was formed to construct a basin connecting the canal at its intersection with Wayne Street and a point at the southern extremity of the city. Morris Seely was the main mover in this project, and great expectations were entertained in regard to it. The supreme court had decided that the water power within the city limits, and furnished by the canal, belonged to the State of Ohio, a decision which was afterwards reversed, and the water power given to the Cooper estate. It was believed that this water power could be leased and utilized along the proposed basin. Land was bought at what was then an extravagant price, and lots laid out. These lots were small in size, and arranged for factories, warehouses, and docks, such as would be required in a large city, but were unsuited to a place with the pretensions of Dayton. The scheme proved an utter failure, and left consequences that were an annoyance to the city for years afterwards. The lots were unsalable, and the method of platting a serious detriment to that part of the town. The canal, or ditch as. it was afterwards called, bred disease, and the city authorities were called upon to fill it up. Before the controversy was finally settled, the excitement ran so high that the saw mill of Mr. E. Thresher, located on the canal at Wayne Street, which used the ditch as a tail-race, was burned. A large part of the ditch is now filled up, and the lower end used as a city drain

(Page 193) March, 1841: Mayor, Morris Seely,      (page 159) Morris Seely was elected State senator this year and John Turner representative


Fiftieth Anniversary Tour
OCTOBER 21-22, 2011

The following link is from the Canal Societies Tour/Guide Book on Morris Seely's Ditch.


The latest.

Casper Shahan

 this link was sent to me recently, glad to see there are more than one of us with an common interest

do  Take note of Huffman-Seely 1730-1913


Morris Seely's

"Chancery"          "common Pleas"          "Deed Book"

"Public Sale of Lots"         "Montgomery supreme court"


"morris seely records"        "Catherine Seely  Records"

 "miscellaneous"              "Huffman"


"cooper vs williams, uncondensed"           "Cooper vs Williams, Condensed"


"Daytonology Dayton Canals & Hydraulics Front Street"


"Taylor Street"        "Seely Ditch Petition's"  

"Seely's Ditch Map"


"Miami-Erie Canal, Downtown Dayton"

"Miami-Erie canal, Montgomery county"

"Miami-Erie canal, warren, Hamilton, and butler county's"

"miscellaneous pictures"  <!>  "miscellaneous documents"

"Postcards"   <!>   "Stereoscopic"

"Cincinnati Ohio River"  <!>   "Cincinnati Atlas 1909"

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