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

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

 
 
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
1. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site Marker
Inscription. The Whitewater Canal was one of several projects begun by the Indiana Improvement Act of 1836, which was designed to improve transportation and develop commerce state-wide. Constructed to link southeastern and central Indiana, the canal was completed in 1847.

The canal extended 68 miles from Lawrenceburg to Cambridge City, with an eight-mile extension north to Hagerstown and a 25-mile extension to Cincinnati.

Although canal traffic flourished for several years, the project proved to be a financial disaster for the state of Indiana.

The costs incurred in the construction of the 56 locks and seven feeder dams required to maintain the canal totaled over one million dollars.

The advent and development of the railroad during the early 1860s marked the demise of the Whitewater Canal and the canal era in Indiana.

In 1946, the State of Indiana began the process of reclaiming and restoring a 14-mile section of the original canal.
 
Location. 39° 26.79′ N, 85° 7.951′ W. Marker is in Metamora, Indiana, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennington Road and Columbia Street, on the left when traveling east on Pennington Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the bridge which crosses the canal. Marker is in this post office area: Metamora IN 47030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
2. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
View west along canal toward historic town of Metamora
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Metamora Christian Church (a few steps from this marker); Martindale Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Van Camp's Store (about 400 feet away); Metamora Masonic Lodge (about 400 feet away); Jenks and Martindale Grocery (about 500 feet away); Duck Creek Aqueduct (about 600 feet away); Canal Front Dry Goods Store (about 700 feet away); Metamora Grist Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metamora.
 
Regarding Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. Whitewater Canal follows the river of the same name and originated in the early 1800s with the need for improved transportation routes.
 
Also see . . .
1. Whitewater Canal. (Submitted on September 19, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 19, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
3. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
View east along canal toward Duck Creek Aqueduct
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
4. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
View west toward grist mill and canal lock
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
5. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
Canal lock adjacent to grist mill
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
6. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
Canal lock overflow
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
7. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
Mill wheel now operating inside old canal lock structure
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
8. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
Mill wheel close-up
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
9. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
View of canal and railroad through town of Metamora
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
10. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
House alongside canal in Metamora
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
11. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
House alongside canal in Metamora
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 19, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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