Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wabash and Erie Canal

The Wabash and Erie Canal was one of many canals built in the 1800s to allow settlers to reach Indiana. This particular canal started in Toledo, Ohio and ended in Evansville, Indiana. It was dug and finished by hand mostly by Irish immigrants. Later canals were eclipsed by trains, but they played an important part in settling the Midwest.

A section of the Wabash and Erie Canal that runs through Delphi, Indiana has been reconstructed. One can take rides on a canal boat and see a historical center explaining the history of the dam and showing how they worked. Don't fear for your safety on the boats. If you fall overboard, you can simply walk to the side of the canal! The canals were built for flat bottomed boats and so were not made deeper than necessary.

  • There is plenty of free parking
  • Restrooms are available in the museum
  • A free museum explains the history of the Wabash and Erie Canal

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