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

Huntington's Ford and First Bridge / Huntington's Buildings Over the River

 
 
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 27, 2011
1. Huntington's Ford and First Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
(Side 1)
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge
Pioneers forded Little River From Charles Street diagonally across just below the Island to the Court House. A dugout canoe, when hailed, carried pedestrians across for 50 cents. Reportedly Indians had used this ford when traveling to The Forks. The first truss bridge over the Little River was built here at the ford. It was accepted in December 1843.

(Side 2)
Huntington's Buildings Over the River
Controversy to Controversy
After fighting off a city injunction, A.J. Johnson erected two-story buildings (c 1900) over Little River beside the south span of the steel twin bridge built in 1891. Shops, offices and dwellings were housed here until the structures were condemned unsafe. The Southside Businessmen's Association spruced up the fronts, and the Art Guild donated colorful murals to cover 18 upper windows. Following years of controversy, the buildings were razed in 1977 by order of the state.
 
Erected by Huntington County Historical Society. (Marker Number 35.1979.3.)
 
Topics and series.
Huntington's Buildings Over the River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2012
2. Huntington's Buildings Over the River
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1843.
 
Location. 40° 52.75′ N, 85° 29.601′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Indiana, in Huntington County. Marker is on Jefferson St., 0.1 miles north of Riverside Dr., on the right when traveling south. This marker is located in the middle of the South span, West side, of the twin bridges on Jefferson St. 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 walking distance of this marker. Drover Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Huntington (about 600 feet away); James Danforth Quayle (about 600 feet away); The Huntington County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); In Memory of Huntington County Boys, who lost their lives in the World War. (about 700 feet away); Ex Parte Milligan (about 700 feet away); Huntington County War Memorial
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 22, 2011
3. Huntington's Ford and First Bridge Marker
(about 700 feet away); Otto U. King, D.D.S., F.A.C.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
 
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 27, 2011
4. Huntington's Ford and First Bridge Marker
Close-Up of Detail on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 27, 2011
5. Close-Up of Detail on Marker
View of marker from the bank of the Little River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2012
6. View of marker from the bank of the Little River
View of marker on the bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 14, 2012
7. View of marker on the bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on May 9, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana.   2. submitted on November 18, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on July 22, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana.   4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana.   6, 7. submitted on November 18, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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