Compare and contrast industrialism in Lowell and Cincinnati in the early 1800's.

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Comparing Lowell to Cincinnati would be like comparing a Volkswagon to a Cadillac!  The only thing the two towns have in common is they are both located on a body of water and in Southern Ohio.  Lowell is located on the Muskingum River and Cincinnati is located on the Ohio River and near the Miami-Erie Canal, which connected the Ohio River to Lake Erie.  Though no longer in use today, the Miami-Erie Canal was an important shipping route until the advent of modern rail and automotive transportation.  Geographically speaking, too, the terrain of the locations of Lowell and Cincinnati are as different as night and day!

First of all, Lowell is a sleepy, little, rural town in Southeastern Ohio, with a population of about 1,000 people!  Mostly a farming commmunity on the Western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, it is in the heart of the coal mining district.  If you wanted to call that industrialism, I guess you could! 

In contrast, Cincinnati is the third largest city in Ohio, and located in Southwestern Ohio on the Bluegrass Section of the Interior Low Plateau.  Because it's linked to nearby Lake Erie by railroad, major industries like Proctor & Gamble (the soap makers), Kroger's, Macy's, and Chiquita Brands International are able to ship their products via the Great Lakes Seaway.  Cincinnati is mostly known for its arts and beautiful Italianate architecture, leading thousands of tourists to flock to the city every year to take in the enchanting sights and sounds. 

Industrialism comes in many shapes and forms, and to a marked degree, the whole state of Ohio is an industrialized state.  However, there are isolated areas within the state where life hasn't changed much over the last two hundred years.   Ohio is  definately a "must-see" state!

Note:  I looked up the following in several different encyclopedias and on  Lowell, Cincinnati, Ohio, Miami-Erie Canal.