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Near Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mentzer Tavern

Grantham's Overlook

 
 
Mentzer Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, September 6, 2010
1. Mentzer Tavern Marker
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Inscription.
Carrollton on the Wabash
The Mentzer Tavern was built in 1840 at the north end of the Carrollton Towing Path Bridge that crossed the Wabash River. Erected by Ignatius Mentzer and George Friday, it opened as a cooper shop where barrels were made and later the building was converted to an inn.

Packet or passenger boats served meals and were equipped with sleeping berths. Other canal travelers, on Line Boats or anyone who had reached their destination, needed a hotel or inn often called a House or Tavern. Travelers could stop here, at Pittsburg or Paragon down river, or in Delphi. Serving meals and providing accommodations for overnight guests became a good business along the entire length of Wabash and Erie canal.
 
Erected by Canal Society of Indiana, Land donated by Grantham Family.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wabash & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 40° 38.965′ N, 86° 39.44′ W. Marker is near Delphi, Indiana, in Carroll County. Marker is on Route N 700 W north of Route W 675 N, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the North bank of the Wabash River - on the East side of the road. There also is a gravel ramp leading
Text Section - - Mentzer Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Text Section - - Mentzer Tavern Marker
down to the Wabash River. Marker is in this post office area: Delphi IN 46923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carrollton on the Wabash (here, next to this marker); The Carrollton Bridge (here, next to this marker); The Wabash & Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); Trail of Death (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Cabin Home Gen. Samuel Milroy (approx. 3.8 miles away); Samuel Milroy (approx. 3.8 miles away); Spanish American War Veterans Gave Their Cannon (approx. 4.5 miles away); Civil War Memorial - Carroll County Indiana (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delphi.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Wabash & Erie Canal Park" - Delphi, Indiana::. This organization has the greatest concentration and most of the known remains of the Wabash & Erie Canal in Indiana. The many links on this web site are very interesting and fun to work with. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. "The men who dug the Canal" ::. A light and lively song with many old photos of canal builders in the process of digging a canal. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. "Angel of the Canal" ::. Many fell ill digging canals.
Lower Left of Mentzer Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, September 6, 2010
3. Lower Left of Mentzer Tavern Marker
Text reads: ""This dinnerware was excavated by archeologist Wayne Bischoff in 1999. Canal travelers used similar plates and utensiles when they were Mentzer Tavern guests."" ""Guests sat on the porch or gathered inside the spacious structure where games were played, music for dancing was heard, food was served and libations were poured. It bacame a popular place for both travelers and people of the Wabash Valley to congregate.""
In frontier days there were few doctors and medicine was scarce. In the Brecksville, Ohio area Mrs. Johnson became known as the "Angel of the Canal" for her care of the ill. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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Mentzer Tavern -and- Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, September 6, 2010
4. Mentzer Tavern -and- Other Markers
Looking North - - Mentzer Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, September 6, 2010
5. Looking North - - Mentzer Tavern Marker
Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, September 6, 2010
6. Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 919 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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