Stone structure a reminder of the canal era

The Wabash-Erie Canal was a major step forward for northern Indiana. It opened up trade and commerce in areas previously with little or no access. As one could imagine, it was a major undertaking to build considering the equipment was primitive compared to today’s standards. But at the time it was welcomed because it did open up new markets for farmers and others. They now had a way to get their goods where they needed to go. The canal came through several counties including Huntington County where this photo was taken. I pulled off U.S. Highway 24 a few miles west of Huntington and snapped photos of this stone structure above a creek, more specifically Silver Creek. There was a wooden structure here originally but it was improved to stone sometime in the 1850s. Not far away is the Historic Forks of the Wabash and there was also an electric interurban line which ran close by at one time. The Wabash-Erie Canal was eventually rendered useless for the most part when railroads started coming in. But until then, water was a major transportation route.

Remnant of the Wabash-Erie Canal in Huntington County.

Remnant of the Wabash-Erie Canal in Huntington County.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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