Life On the Wabash & Erie Canal
— Wabash & Erie Canal Park Village —
Creating a Life in the Wilderness
The Canal Village is comprised of buildings constructed during the canal era. The water in back of you is the only remaining accessible and recreational watered segment of the Wabash & Erie Canal in Indiana. The ingenuity, skill and dogged determination of the first European settlers to this region made possible the solid cabins and structures that housed their families and possessions. These 1830s and 1840s buildings are typical of those that formed the villages and towns along the entire 468 mile length of the Wabash & Erie Canal between Toledo, Ohio and Evansville, Indiana.
The first settlers used indigenous materials such as local timber, field stones, mud, clay, plant fibers and animal skins to build their cabins, out-buildings and fences. The Bowen Log House, Kuns Family Log Cabin and the One Room Log School House were built of logs cut locally and hand hewn with broad axe and adz tools, After the logs were interlocked to form the walls of the cabins they were chinked with mud or clay to form an air tight bond against the winter winds. The cabins were heated with fireplaces
From Logs to Milled Lumber
Many of the early log cabins had dirt floors and tables made from split logs with saplings for legs. By the 1840s saw mills were constructed on local streams providing power for milling lumber and processing grains for flour. Finished boards for floors, shelves, furniture and trim for the interior of their cabins became available. Excess. water from the Canal was also used to power mills. Later almost all new homes as well as some barns were built using milled lumber. The 1844 Reed Case House is a fine example of a Federal Style house using milled lumber throughout the interior.
Erected by Tippecanoe Arts Federation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wabash & Erie Canal series list.
Location. 40° 35.5′ N, 86° 40.783′ W. Marker is in Delphi, Indiana, in Carroll County. Marker can be reached from West North Washington Street just east of North Charles Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on the Grounds
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Bridges (a few steps from this marker); The Paper Maker's Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Cabin Homestead 1830s (within shouting distance of this marker); Fouts Kitchen And Medical Plants Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cooper (within shouting distance of this marker); Education Along The Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Broom Maker (within shouting distance of this marker); The Broom Making Process (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delphi.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.