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Wabash in Wabash County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut

Paradise Spring Riverwalk

 
 
The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 13, 2014
1. The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut Marker
Inscription. In 1896, with the aid of dynamite, mules, and strong backs, railroad workers began cutting through the ancient Wabash Reef thus creating the “Big Four Cut.”
The Wabash Reef, located northeast of the park and visible from where you are standing, is estimated to be 400 million years old.
Archaeologists believe that such formations are a result of the Silurian Sea that, at one time, covered part of Indiana and the Great Lakes region.
It is believed that reefs such as this were exposed and modified by the rise and fall of the ancient Wabash River.
The partially exposed Wabash Reef is approximately 5.7 acres in size and is composed of dolomite. The reef is nationally recognized as a fine example of Silurian Reef.
The reef is located on private property. Please view it from afar.
 
Location. 40° 47.807′ N, 85° 48.862′ W. Marker is in Wabash, Indiana, in Wabash County. Marker can be reached from E. Market Street 0.2 miles east of S. Allen Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the east end of Paradise Spring Park south of the parking lot and across the railroad tracks; the above directions are to the driveway to the park’s northeast parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Wabash IN 46992, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 13, 2014
2. The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut Marker
The Big Four Cut is to the right of the marker in the background
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kin-Com-A-Ong Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Cook's Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Storage Cabin (about 300 feet away); Treaty of 1826 Meeting Camp (about 400 feet away); Council House (about 400 feet away); Quarters of James B. Ray (about 400 feet away); The Big Four Railroad (about 400 feet away); Quarters of Lewis Cass (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Wabash.
 
Categories. EnvironmentRailroads & Streetcars
 
The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 13, 2014
3. The Wabash River and the Big Four Cut Marker
At the east end of Paradise Spring Park
The Big Four Cut image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 13, 2014
4. The Big Four Cut
View to east from near marker location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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