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Central Canal receipt

 Collection — Folder: S2829
Identifier: S2829

Scope and Contents

Dated November 30, 1848, the collection consists of one "due to" statement of hours worked by Robert Earl on the Central Canal, for a total due amount of $57.87. That sum covers 51 3/4 days' Work and 18 1/2 days' work with wagon.

The note is signed by Robert Greenfield, Superintendent, North Devishian [Division]. On the verso of the note, William Sullivan, a justice of the peace, has sworn to and justified the account.


  • 1848/11/30

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Mammoth Improvements Bill of 1836 authorized construction of the Central Canal as part of a $10 million program of internal improvements to be funded with state funds. Being pmt of a comprehensive system of canals, roads, and milroads, the overall intent of the canal system was to improve transportation and, with the critical link of the Central Canal, to orient the Indiana economy around Indianapolis.

Work on the Central Canal progressed, including a White River feeder dam, 11 locks, and 50 construction sections. On June 27, 1839, some nine miles of finished waterway opened for traffic. However, by then, fraud, ineptitude, and internal financial panic undermined Indiana's mammoth loan. Having defaulted on interest payments, the state sold the Central Canal to private patties as pmt of a debt retirement program.

The surviving fragment of the canal was designated as an Ametican Water Landmark in 1971.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created in 1998 by Philip N. Williams.
Central Canal receipt
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.