Wabash and Erie Canals collection
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The following marker was installed by the Indiana Historical Bureau.
"A canal from Terre Haute to Evansville authorized 1846. Maysville Division along White River was over 23 miles long from Newberry through Owl Prairie (now Elnora) to Maysville; part of it paralleled what is now S.R. 57. Contracts were let June 1849. Construction was delayed by cholera outbreaks among workers, many of whom were Irish immigrants. Navigation between Newberry and Maysville opened June 1852. By 1853, Wabash and Erie Canal, America's longest at approximately 460 miles, linked Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio with Ohio River at Evansville. By 1860, most of southern section no longer used because of repair costs and railroad competition. Entire canal in Indiana sold at auction 1876."
Canal Society of Indiana. http://www.indcanal.org/canals-wabash-erie.html
Gray, Ralph D. (1994). “Overview:Transportation”. In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (p. 190). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien
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