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Near New Haven in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gronauer Lock No. 2

 
 
Gronauer Lock No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
1. Gronauer Lock No. 2 Marker
Inscription. Wabash and Erie Canal lock was discovered here June 1991 during excavation for highway construction. It was built 1838–1840 by Henry Lotz and named for lock keeper Joseph Gronauer. The rare, well-preserved timber-frame design lock measured 115 by 40 feet; lock chamber was 90 by 15 feet; two-thirds of the total structure was excavated and removed.

Numerous artifacts and 750 pieces of timber were recovered. After extensive preservation treatment, approximately 5 percent of total lock structure is included in a Indiana State Museum Exhibit. Wabash and Erie Canal, America’s longest at approximately 460 miles, linked Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio with Ohio River at Evansville 1853.
 
Erected 2003 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Canal Society of Indiana and New Haven Kiwanis. (Marker Number 02.2003.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers, and the Wabash & Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 41° 5.143′ N, 84° 59.407′ W. Marker is near New Haven, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Harper Road, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 24. Touch for map. The marker is just east of I-469 (exit 21) on US 24. It is at the 1st
Gronauer Lock No. 2 Marker, Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
2. Gronauer Lock No. 2 Marker, Reverse
intersection east of the exit. Marker is in this post office area: New Haven IN 46774, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Allen County and Fort Wayne W.W. I Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); Wayne Trace (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Battle of Harmar's Ford (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Battle of Kekionga (approx. 7.1 miles away); Johnny Appleseed (approx. 7.2 miles away); William Wells (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of Last French Fort (approx. 7.3 miles away); Kekionga (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB). The IHB provides reference notes on the text of this marker. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Looking west along canal route with I-469 in the background. image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2007
3. Looking west along canal route with I-469 in the background.
Gronauer Lock No 2 Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
Hist Am Engineering Records, Department of the Interior, circa 1992
4. Gronauer Lock No 2 Marker Marker
Image obtained from the Library of Congress' on-line Architectural/Engineering Records.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 3,466 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on September 14, 2007, by Mike Brenton of New Haven, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   4. submitted on November 19, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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