Near Troy in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abraham Lincoln Employed
Lincoln (1809-1865) lived northwest of here 1816-1830. Worked circa 1825 as hired hand for James Taylor. William Herndon, a Lincoln biographer, wrote that Lincoln told him it "was the roughest work a young man could be made to do." He butchered, did farm tasks, and operated Taylor's ferry across Anderson River, a key Ohio River transportation link.
Lincoln built a rowboat and used it to carry people to waiting steamers on the Ohio River. On his first trip, he earned a dollar, which made the world seem "wider and fairer, " according to reports of later remarks by Lincoln. He took a flatboat of goods to New Orleans 1828. His work on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers helped to broaden his horizons.
Erected 2001 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Spencer County Historical Society. (Marker Number 74.2001.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 38° 0.01′ N, 86° 48.891′ W. Marker is near Troy, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker is at the intersection of East County Road 800 North (State Road 66) and County Road 1290E, on the left when traveling west on East County Touch for map. Located approximately one mile West of Troy, Indiana at the "Lincoln Ferry (road-side) Park" entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Troy IN 47588, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A New Home in Indiana (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abraham S. Fulton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Army and Air National Guard Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Perry County Indiana Honor Roll Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); A Bit of Swiss (approx. 4.2 miles away); Tell City Hall (approx. 4.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Huffman Mill Bridge 1864-65/Pioneer George Huffman (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Also see . . . Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons • Waterways & Vessels •
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 392 times since then. Last updated on September 25, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.