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

Leavenworth Skiffs

 
 
Leavenworth Skiffs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2022
1. Leavenworth Skiffs Marker
Inscription.  This town of Leavenworth was mainly known for two things, skiffs and buttons. In 1814, Zebulon Leavenworth laid out the town here because of the large fresh water spring at the base of the hill.

Two years later, Daniel Lyon had set up a boat building industry, first constructing flatboats, and then specializing in wooden rowing skiffs. Later there were three successful skiff companies in the Leavenworth area: D. Allen Company, the Starr Skiff Works, and the D. Lyon Skiff Company.

D. Lyon's skiffs were known for their quality, from Pittsburgh to the Gulf of Mexico. They were used extensively by the Corps of Engineers in their dam operations.

The Lyon's family company thrived until the 1937 flood. Aluminum and fiberglass made wooden boats virtually obsolete by the 1950s.

Captions (clockwise from top right)
• Model of D. Lyon Skiff Company's 16 foot Ferryman's skiff. The company had a small model of each of their eight lines of skiffs, yawls, and fishers.
• Postcard sent out when your boat was finished and ready to ship. Drawing is of a steamboat skiff or lifeboat.
• D. Lyon Skiff
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Company Leavenworth source: English State Bank Calendar
• Lenore Lyon (Ray Lyon's only child) taking a finished skiff down to the barge with a horse-drawn sled (right) and a barge full of skiffs headed down the Ohio River (below).
• Skiff builders Wallace Lyon, Ray Lyon, Jess Melton and Nort Whitcomb who ran the sawmill (Ca. 1910)
• Leavenworth citizens in D. Lyon skiffs above and below.
• Old postcard showing shops of the Daniel Lyon Skiff Company. Shows workers and boats under construction.
 
Erected by Ohio River Scenic Byway.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
 
Location. 38° 11.703′ N, 86° 20.123′ W. Marker is in Leavenworth, Indiana, in Crawford County. Marker is on Ohio River Scenic Byway (State Road 62) 0.2 miles west of East Hiawatha Heights, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in a kiosk at Leavenworth Roadside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leavenworth IN 47137, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hoosier National Forest (here, next to this marker); Where Did Buttons Come From (a few steps from this marker); Ohio River Lock and Dam No. 44 (a few steps
Leavenworth Skiffs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2022
2. Leavenworth Skiffs Marker
It is in this kiosk at Leavenworth Roadside Park.
from this marker); Captain Winfield Scott Paris (a few steps from this marker); Leavenworth (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early Mining at Wyandotte Caves (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mt. Solomon Lutheran Church (approx. 8.9 miles away); First State Capital (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leavenworth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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