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

Wabash and Erie Canal

 
 
Wabash and Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, June 19, 2021
1. Wabash and Erie Canal Marker
Inscription.  Site of depot for canal which passed through town at foot of Main Street. Operations through Petersburg ceased 1860. Constructed 1832-1853, canal was nation's longest, connecting Lake Erie at Toledo with Ohio River at Evansville, through Fort Wayne, Lafayette, and Terre Haute.
 
Erected 1992 by Indiana Historical Bureau. (Marker Number 63.1992.1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers, and the Wabash & Erie Canal series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 38° 29.314′ N, 87° 17.056′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Indiana, in Pike County. Marker is on Main Street west of South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 West Main Street, Petersburg IN 47567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. June 2, 1990 Tornado Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Revolutionary War Memorial (approx.
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0.4 miles away); Pike County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gilbert Ray Hodges (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Buffalo Trace (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wabash and Erie Canal Completed 1853 (approx. 8 miles away); James Washington Cockrum (approx. 11 miles away); Robert C. Graham (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. "The men who dug the Canal". A light and lively song with many old photos of canal builders in the process of digging a canal. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. "Angel of the Canal" ::. Many fell ill digging canals. In frontier days there were few doctors and medicine was scarce. In the Brecksville, Ohio area Mrs. Johnson became known as the "Angel of the Canal" for her care of the ill. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Wide West View - - Wabash and Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 10, 2009
2. Wide West View - - Wabash and Erie Canal Marker
Wide North East View - - Wabash and Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 10, 2009
3. Wide North East View - - Wabash and Erie Canal Marker
No other building exist that is near the marker.
Looking South - - Wabash and Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 10, 2009
4. Looking South - - Wabash and Erie Canal Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,772 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 1, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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