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Anchor Rock was first incorporated into the
Chuckery Dam of the Portage Canal Mfg. Co., then into the Marathon
Rubber. Co. dam. Stone wall at left is not part of the dam. It is
the bulkhead built by the Marathon Rubber Co. to prevent water
from escaping down the old Chuckery Darn. Marathon took power from
the west end of the dam.
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This photo is looking south at the location of the Chuckery Dam
(Portage Canal & Mfg. Co. at Cascade, Ohio) and, later, the
Marathon Rubber darn which was built much in the same manner as
the Chuckery dam which preceded it. The so-called Anchor Rock was
used by both dam builders as the east abutment. Evidence of the
masonry tie-in is clearly visible on the rock. Both dams were of
wood cribbing filled with stones (upper face was smoothly and
tightly planked) with masonry abutments.
The "part of the dam" seen at left is the wall erected by Marathon
to pre- vent water from escaping down the old Chuckery Race. The
race (hydraulic) and turbine for Marathon were on the west end of
the dam and side of gorge.
As I understand it Marathon's turbine shaft was enclosed in a
vertical, tubular, steel housing to the top of the gorge. A steel, spiral
was attached to the shaft housing to allow quick access to the
turbine at the bottom. - Carl Ehmann June 8, 1998 Canal Historian
Wikipedia: Cuyahoga River
Cuyahoga River Exhibit
Cuyahoga River. Photographs.
1800's. Cuyahoga Falls Library Archives, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.