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Near Richmond in Wayne County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Thistlethwaite Falls

Whitewater Gorge

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2019
1. Thistlethwaite Falls Marker
Inscription.  On this site in 1854 Timothy Thistlethwaite and his brother-in-law Joseph Ratliff dammed the water of the river with the use of farm teams, placing large boulders at the bottom of an earth and stone fill in the river channel; this changing the course of the river to flow into a new channel over a rocky ledge forming Thistlethwaite Falls. It has withstood a century of floods of the season.

Timothy Thistlethwaite’s wife’s grandfather, Cornelius Ratliff, Sr., came to this site in 1810 when impressed with the heavy growth of timber and the mass of building stone lying loosely in the bed of the river.

Mr. Thistlethwaite’s saw mill at this site was placed at the edge of the falls over a shoulder of rock and near the bull wheel. A lock was installed above the falls to regulate the volume of water used in turning the water wheel. The 47′ fall from the falls allowed Timothy’s development of several mills (a grist mill, a flour mill, paper mill, and a lumber sawing mill) in the Happy Hollow district of early Richmond. After 80 years, nothing remained as a reminder of these mills except the pit in the falls which ran the bull wheels
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2019
2. Thistlethwaite Falls Marker
full view of marker
of the up and down saw and a portion of the continuation of a raceway from the paper mill site downstream.
 
Erected by Hon. Peter Tilton Chapter National Society Colonial Dames XVIIC.
 
Location. 39° 50.841′ N, 84° 53.886′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Indiana, in Wayne County. Marker is on Waterfall Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the west bank of the falls, several hundred feet south of Waterfall Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Waterfall Rd, Richmond IN 47374, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Four Boulders (approx. 0.9 miles away); Richmond's Record Roots (approx. one mile away); Mary B. Thistlethwaite Birdsall Home (approx. one mile away); Mendenhall-Clay Debate/Confrontation (approx. 1.2 miles away); Richmond Police Department Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Wayne Township World War II Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Freedom Fountain (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
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Thistlethwaite Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2019
3. Thistlethwaite Falls Marker
marker as seen from the trail leading south from Waterfall Road
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2019
4. Thistlethwaite Falls Marker
the Falls, from the west bank, near the marker
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2019
5. Thistlethwaite Falls Marker
seal of the Dames
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2019
6. Thistlethwaite Falls Marker
map of the Whitewater Gorge, in a kiosk, next to the marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 2, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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