19TH CENTURY U.S. CANALS

Indiana

 

 

Wabash & Erie Canal

 

1840 to 1850 - Conditions and Development During Decade - Wabash and Erie Canal and Commercial Development
A brief history of the canal during this decade, and its role in the development of the state.
 

A Brief History of Cass County
The museum site includes a brief history of the county, including reference to the canal.
 

A Trip on the Wabash and Erie Canal
Link to a 1900 publication. Includes map, historical illustrations and photos.
 

About Logansport, Indiana
A brief history of the community, including reference to the canal.
 

An English family on the Wabash and Erie Canal, 1851
Excerpts from an informative account by an English family traveling from Terre Haute to Ohio, via the canal. Ilustration of a typical canal boat.
 

Annual Report, Issues 1-8 – 1837
First annual report of the Board of Public works.   The status of the canal construction begins on page 15.

 

Annual Reports of the Officers of State of the State of Indiana – 1849
The annual report for the canal begins on page 251.

 

Antwerp, Ohio
A brief history and description of the community, including reference to the canal.
 

Antwerp, Ohio Map - 1892
A historic map of the community, showing the route of the canal.
 

Attica & Covington Canal Skirmish Historical Marker
Photo and text of a historical marker, describing the water control dispute. Included is background information on the dispute.
 

Burnett's Creek Arch
A description of the canal bridge in Delphi. Current photos and an artist's depiction of the arch likely looked like, when the canal was in operation.
 

Canal Celebrations In Old Fort Wayne
Link to a 1953 book.
 

Canal History - 1828-1881
A brief history of the canal, including information on where remains can still be seen.
 

Canal Landing on Washington Street Historical Marker
Photo of a marker located in Huntington.
 

Canal Was A Failure, But An Era Of Growth Followed
A brief history of the canal, with a focus on it's effect on Evansville.
 

Canals for a Nation
References to the canal are found on pages 135, 149 and 151.

 

Civic Learning Through Agricultural Improvement
A brief history of the canal begins on page 27.

 

Communication from Thomas Dowling, Esq. Resident Trustee of the Wabash and Erie Canal – 1852
A report to the legislature, regarding canal bridges constructed or repaired since 1847.

 

Delphi
Excerpts from a history of the community, including references to the canal, beginning on page 7.

 

Early American Railroads
A status of the canal's consruction begins on page 432.

 

Fort Wayne in Canal Days
Link to a 1900 publication.
 

France Park, Logansport
A description of features of the park, including remains of the canal. Link to a related site.
 

From the Cincinnati Arch to the Illinois Basin: Geological Field Excursions Along the Ohio River Valley
A brief history of Evansville, and the role of the canal in its development, begins on page 81.

 

General Instructions to Superintendents on the Wabash and Erie Canal – 1849
Operating procedures for the canal's operation.

 

Gronauer Lock No. 2 Historical Marker
Photo of a marker located in New Haven.
 

Historical Atlas of Paulding County, Ohio (1892)
A link to an atlas, which makes reference to the canal.
 

Historical Notes on the Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi
A brief history, including the impact of the canal on the development of Delphi, where a section of the canal has been restored. Links to related sites, including maps, current photos, newsletters, etc.
 

History: Wabash Erie Canal Historical Marker
Photo of a marker in Montezuma. Includes a brief history.
 

History of Paulding County - Canals and Railroads
A history of the county, including reference to the canal.
 

Huntington County, Indiana: History & Families, 1834-1993
Reference to the canal is found on page 100.

 

Indiana: A Guide to the Hoosier State
A references to the canal are on page 60, 189, 198, 262, 318 and 336 .  A photo of the Ft. Wayne Aqueduct is on page 98.

 

Indiana History: A Book of Readings
A brief history of the canal begins on page 123.

 

Indiana: Suit Against The Wabash And Erie Canal
Link to an 1874 New York Times article about suit filed to compel the state to sell the canal to pay off debts to U.S. and overseas creditors.
 

Internal Improvement Movements Preliminary to Law of 1836 - The Wabash and Erie Canal
A brief discussion about development of the canal, before the implementation of the state internal improvements act.
 

Journeys to the Past: A Traveler's Guide to Indiana State Historical Markers
Historical markers describing the canal are on pages 9, 16, 17, 22, 31, 57, 91 and 93.

 

Laws of the State of Indiana – 1830
An Act providing for construction of the canal is on page 3.

 

Moment of Indiana History: Scripts - The Canal Era
A brief history of the canal in Carroll County.
 

Newspaper Clippings On The Wabash And Erie Canal - Vol. 2
Link to a publication of the articles.
 

Newspaper Clippings On The Wabash And Erie Canal - Vol. 3
Link to a publication of the articles.
 

Newspaper Clippings On The Wabash And Erie Canal - Vol. 4
Link to a publication of the articles.
 

Newspaper Clippings On The Wabash And Erie Canal - Vol. 6
Link to a publication of the articles.
 

Newspaper Clippings On The Wabash And Erie Canal - Vol. 10
Link to a publication of the articles.
 

Ohio History - Construction of the Wabash & Erie Canal
A history of the canal, including some of the serious challenges that were encountered during its construction.
 

Orders, Rules, Regulations, and Rates of Toll – 1847
Regulations regarding collection of tolls and operation of the canal.

 

Peru: Circus Capital of the World
Excerpt of a history of the community, including reference to the canal on  page 7.

 

Report of the General Superintendent of the Wabash and Erie Canal – 1845
A report explaining the reasons for increased construction costs on a portion of the canal.

 

Report of the Superintendent of the Wabash and Erie Canal to the General Assembly – 1847
The annual report for the canal.

 

Reservoir War
History of an 1887 insurrection directed against one of the canal reservoirs.
 

Route of the Wabash and Erie Canal through Vigo County
A hand-drawn map of the canal route north and south of Terre Haute.

 

Signs Of Forgotten Waterway Of 1800s Linger In Tri-State
A brief history of the canal, including current photos and descriptions of some of the areas where the canal is still visible in the Evansville area.
 

Site of Side Cut of Wabash and Erie Canal Birch Creek Reservoir
A history of the Birch Creek Reservoir.

 

Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash
Excerpts of a history of the city, including reference to the canal, beginning on page 32.

 

The 1827 Diary of John Peter Paul
Diary of a surveyor for the canal.
 

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1837
A status of the canal's construction is on page 265.

 

The Investment Frontier: New York Businessmen and the Economic Development of the Old Northwest
A brief history of the canal begins on page 217.

 

The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917
A brief history of the canal begins on page 246.

 

The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Volume 1 – 1917
A brief history of the canal begins on page 239 and continues on page 277.

 

The Wabash-Erie Canal: Fort Wayne on the Old Canal
Link to a publication. Historical illustrations and photos.
 

The Wabash and Erie Canal Through Huntington County, Indiana
An extensive history of the canal, with a focus on Huntington County. Includes links to related sites.
 

The Wabash River Ecosystem
A history of the canal begins on page 14.

 

The Wabash River Higher Than In 1858
An 1875 New York Times article about flooding on the river, and the devastating impact to the canal.
 

The Wabash Trade Route in the Development of the Old Northwest – 1903
A history of the canal begins on page 32.

 

United States Congressional Serial Set – 1881
A history of land grants for this and other canals in the region begins on page 258.

 

Using Wabash And Erie Canal Land Records For Family History
Historical information about the land grants used to fund construction of the canal.
 

Valley of the Upper Wabash, Indiana – 1838
A joint memorial and resolution about the canal begins on page 137.

 

Valley of the Upper Maumee River: With Historical Account of Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Volume 2, 1889
A history of the canal begins on page 18.

 

Wabash Erie Canal
Links to numerous documents, summarizing the descriptions and historical significance of structures along the canal.
 

WE Canal Corridor Tour
Directions on where to find current and former remains of the canal, including related historical information.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal
History, construction, route, travel and operation. Historical & current photos and links to related sites.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal
A brief history of the canal. Numerous links to related sites, including descriptions of other Indiana canals and a map of the canal system.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal
A brief history of the canal. Links to related sites.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal
A brief paper about how life changed after the canal was constructed.

 

Wabash & Erie Canal Association
Includes information about the Wabash & Erie Canal Park, current photos, educational resources, newsletter archives and links to related sites.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal Historical Marker Database
A listing of markers, including links to photos of the individual markers.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal in Gibson County
A history of the canal begins on page 93.   A history of the defunct town of Port Gibson is on page 376.

 

Wabash & Erie Canal Lock 4 Historical Marker
Photo of a marker located in Roanake.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal Marker - Elnora
Photo of a historical marker located in Elnora.
 

Wabash & Erie Canal Wood to Stay in Vigo County
Newspaper article about plans for preserving the wood foundation of a former canal culvert, uncovered in 2007 near Terre Haute. Current photos.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal
A brief history of the canal. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal
A brief paper about what life was like for Irish workers on the canal.

 

Wabash and Erie Canal Company Records, 1833-1877 (Bulk 1833-1862)
A detailed description of the records on file at the Indiana Historical Society. The collection includes work certificates, bank deposits, and homestead affidavits
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Completed Historical Marker
Photo of a marker located in Pike County.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Depot Site Historical Marker
Photo of a marker located in Petersburg.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Groundbreaking Historical Marker
Photo of a marker located in Ft. Wayne.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Historical Marker - Carroll County
Photo of a marker located in Delphi.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Historical Marker - Cass County
Photo of a marker located in Logansport.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Historical Marker - Daviess County
Photo of a marker located in Elnora.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal Lock 2
A set of photos of the archaeological excavation of the remains of the lock, east of Fort Wayne.
 

Wabash and Erie Canal, Vigo County
A brief history of the canal.

 

Rev. Oct., 2013