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

A Rocky Beginning

 
 
A Rocky Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
1. A Rocky Beginning Marker
Inscription. James Lankford settled in the Rockport area in 1808, moving his wife and daughter into a cave under the bluff overlooking the Ohio River. Other settlers moved into the lowland that became downtown Rockport (originally dubbed Hanging Rock). By 1818 Rockport was named the Spencer County seat, and many families had moved to the top of the 200 foot bluffs to avoid the yearly floods. Downtown remained home to merchants, offices and saloons where gambling was a favorite activity. By 1856 the town had 1,000 residents, many manufacturers, pork packers, mills and breweries which relied on Rockport’s busy Ohio River port, which also shipped tobacco down-river to Owensboro, Kentucky.

When the railroad connected Rockport to Jasper in 1874, more trade routes were opened. In the 1930's Rockport’s sidewalks were laid by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression era organization.

By the Way:
Some folks say you can see the image of Martha Washington among the rock formations under the Rockport Bluff.


(Right Side Text)

Under the famous Rockport bluff lays the Ohio River. It was from here in 1828 that a young merchant, Abraham Lincoln, boarded a flatboat for his first river trip to transport produce to New Orleans.

Travel to River Road
Text - - A Rocky Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
2. Text - - A Rocky Beginning Marker
at the east end of main Street in Rockport and you can stand on the same riverbank and sense the excitement of young Abe Lincoln anticipating his first trip so far away from home.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 37° 52.73′ N, 87° 2.659′ 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. Abraham Lincoln (here, next to this marker); A Visit Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Rockport Tavern (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).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Marker Photo - - The Cave image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
3. Marker Photo - - The Cave
Update - - Cave Photo image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
4. Update - - Cave Photo
Text on Right - - A Rocky Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
5. Text on Right - - A Rocky Beginning Marker
Marker Drawing - - 'Flatboat' image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
6. Marker Drawing - - 'Flatboat'
Marker Photos image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
7. Marker Photos
Entrance - - "Rocky Side Park" (from Main Street) image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
8. Entrance - - "Rocky Side Park" (from Main Street)
Upper Cave - - "Rocky Side Park" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
9. Upper Cave - - "Rocky Side Park"
"Rocky Side Park" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
10. "Rocky Side Park"
Wide View - - A Rocky Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
11. Wide View - - A Rocky Beginning Marker
Other Wide View - - A Rocky Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
12. Other Wide View - - A Rocky Beginning Marker
Relief - - Abraham Lincoln image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
13. Relief - - Abraham Lincoln
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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