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

Burk's Lock

1835-1873

 
 
Burk's Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, July 18, 2020
1. Burk's Lock Marker
Inscription.  The canal boat "Indiana" docked here on the evening of July 3, 1835, opening the Wabash and Erie canal to traffic from Fort Wayne to Huntington. This was the first section of the canal opened in Indiana. John Burk, for whom the lock was named, was a member of the first Board of Commissioners of Huntington County.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Spirit of ’76, America’s Bicentennial Celebration, and the Wabash & Erie Canal series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 3, 1843.
 
Location. 40° 53.034′ N, 85° 29.708′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Indiana, in Huntington County. Marker is at the intersection of East Park Drive (U.S. 224) and Warren on East Park Drive. 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. Rock House (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Landing on Washington Street / Jefferson Park Mall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); General James R. Slack (about 700 feet away);
Burk's Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, April 24, 2008
2. Burk's Lock Marker
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Huntington High School (about 700 feet away); Huntington County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Otto U. King, D.D.S., F.A.C.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huntington County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ex Parte Milligan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
 
Park Drive image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, April 24, 2008
3. Park Drive
Park Drive was once the bed of the Wabash and Erie Canal. This view is of Park Drive running west from this marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,603 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 31, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
 
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