Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
This view is of the face and north corner of the west abutment looking west from the river.
Apparently, the west abutment had been rebuilt in concrete, just east of the original abutment before the 1913 flood. In destroying most of the aqueduct, the upstream corner was undermined by the water causing it to drop as shown.

This site is just upstream on the Taylorsville flood control dam carrying US 40 across the river. It is accessible by walking the canal prism from a parking area at the west end just upstream of the dam. The canal curved at that point from a north - south axis to an east - west one to cross the river.

Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
This view is of the face (on left) and upstream curve of the west abutment

Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
In this view the face of the abutment is on the left and the north curve is in the foreground. The intact south part is just visible behind the collapsed north curve. The original masonry abutment is visible on the right.

Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
This view is of the face and south corner of the west abutment.

Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
This view is of the face (on right) and curve of the south side of the abutment. This section was not undermined by floodwaters.

Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
This view is of the original masonry abutment just west of the concrete abutment.

Miami & Erie Canal
West Abutment
Great Miami Aqueduct
10/15/09
This view is of the interior face of the south side of the abutment looking towards the river. The open area on the left is where the face should have been if it hadn't collapsed to the left.