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

Abraham Lincoln

 

—First Flatboat Trip —

 
Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
1. Abraham Lincoln Marker
Inscription. Marking Old Lower Landing where in 1828 – age 19 – Abraham Lincoln with Allen Gentry made his first flatboat trip to New Orleans. He saw slaves sold and said. “If I ever get a chance to hit that thing, I’ll hit it hard”.

In a very real sense of the word it might be said that the Emancipation Proclamation which Lincoln issued in 1863 owes it’s origin to this flatboat trip.
 
Erected 1939 by Spencer County Historical Society and the Rockport City Park Board.
 
Location. 37° 52.729′ N, 87° 2.657′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker is at the intersection of South 1st Street and Clark Street, on the left when traveling south on South 1st Street. Touch for map. Located in "Rocky Side Park" which is entered from Main Street and South 2nd Street. "Rocky Side Park" follows the Ohio River and the very rocky high bluffs. Marker is in this post office area: Rockport IN 47635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Rocky Beginning (here, next to this marker); A Visit Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Rockport Tavern
Wide View - - Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
2. Wide View - - Abraham Lincoln Marker
This is the "Old Lower Landing" area from which Abraham Lincoln and Allen Gentry began the "Flatboat Trip of 1828."
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln was a Guest in 1844 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Revolutionary War Honor Roll - Spencer County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vietnam Honor Roll (approx. 0.8 miles away); Knottsville, Kentucky/Leonard Knott Homestead (approx. 11.3 miles away in Kentucky).
 
Also see . . .  "Building a Flatboat" ::. Courtesy - "Readings in Indiana History" (Pp. 231-241) offers a number of adventures including "Flatboating Days", "Indiana Flatboats at New Orleans", "A Ferry-Boat Ad", and the "Steamboat Trip on the Wabash". (A good read to learn how to build a flatboat..) (Submitted on September 20, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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End View - - Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
3. End View - - Abraham Lincoln Marker
Entrance - - "Rocky Side Park" (from Main Street) image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
4. Entrance - - "Rocky Side Park" (from Main Street)
Some - - "Rocky Side Park" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
5. Some - - "Rocky Side Park"
More - - "Rocky Side Park" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
6. More - - "Rocky Side Park"
"Rocky Side Park" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
7. "Rocky Side Park"
Obverse Side - - Abraham Lincoln Marker - - (Other Plaques) image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
8. Obverse Side - - Abraham Lincoln Marker - - (Other Plaques)
Jaycee Plaque - text reads:

“1959 Jaycees Lincoln Flatboat Trip

Flatboat Crew::

Frank Swallow, Jr. • Bob Richards • Glenn Stateler • Alfred Branch • Sidney Lindsey • Louis Parsley, Jr. • Louis Skelton, Jr. • Eugene Erwin • Pat Winchell

Bob Grose • Earl Lauer • Bing Kimmell • Duane Walter • Joe Rininger • Mack Howell • Gene Hidgon • Jerry Hamilton”

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(Other Plaque)
“1997 Flood
High Water Mark”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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