Agriculture and Industry Along the Black River and Its Tributaries
Most of the Black River’s 466 square mile watershed is located in Lorain County. Because of this, the river’s East, West, and Main branches – along with its tributaries – proved to be major resource in supporting the agricultural and industrial pursuits of Lorain’s European settlers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Travel and learn about the various Lorain County communities whose early agricultural or industrial practices either utilized or were influenced by the Black River’s waters. This driving tour begins at mouth of the Black River in Lorain and ends along its West Branch in Oberlin. Many of the stops are at metro parks or historical sites. If they so choose, participants may exit their vehicles and further explore each stop.