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The Wabash & Erie Canal Fulfilled George Washington's Dream

 
 
The Wabash & Erie Canal Fulfilled George Washington's Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 31, 2020
1. The Wabash & Erie Canal Fulfilled George Washington's Dream Marker
Inscription.  The Wabash & Erie Canal fulfilled George Washington's dream of connecting the St. Lawrence Seaway with the Gulf of Mexico by creating a waterway across the only land barrier that lay between the St. Marys River in Fort Wayne and this site on the Wabash River. Ground was broken for the project on February 22, 1832, on the summit level of the canal in Fort Wayne. It took from then to 1853 to complete the canal, which operated until 1876 when the railroads forced its closing. When completed, the canal stretched 468 miles from Toledo, Ohio, on Lake Erie, to Evansville, Indiana, on the Ohio River, and was the longest canal in the Western Hemisphere.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wabash & Erie Canal series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1832.
 
Location. 40° 52.667′ N, 85° 32.083′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Indiana, in Huntington County. Marker is on Hoosier Heartland Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington IN 46750, 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
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crow flies. In 1835, The Wabash & Erie Canal Was Completed (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Chief Richardville (about 500 feet away); Old Treaty Grounds (about 600 feet away); Forks of Wabash (approx. ¼ mile away); The “Lime City” (approx. 1.4 miles away); Huntington Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Huntington Veterans Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 12 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 2, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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