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Goshen in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Goshen Dam and Millrace Hydraulic Canal

Millrace Canal Trail

 
 
The Goshen Dam and Millrace Hydraulic Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 6, 2013
1. The Goshen Dam and Millrace Hydraulic Canal Marker
Inscription. Construction of the Goshen Dam and Millrace Canal began in March of 1867 and was completed on April 18, 1868, the same day Goshen was incorporated as a city. The project was built by a 40 man crew using horses and plows to excavate the canal bed. The west bank was formed with the dirt from the excavation. The project cost a total of $100,000.

The building on the canal ushered in a new era of industrialization in Goshen and a number of firms sprang up along the canal's banks to take advantage of the inexpensive source of power. Over the years the use of the canal has evolved from the generation of electricity to a recreational waterway. Ownership of the canal was transferred to the city by NIPSCO in 1968, and is now under the control of the Park and Recreation Department. In 1992 the dam was replaced at a cost of $2 million.
 
Erected by Goshen Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Location. 41° 33.693′ N, 85° 50.146′ W. Marker is in Goshen, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker can be reached from Westwood Rd near Fair Oaks Rd. Touch for map. Marker is on the Millrace Canal Trail near the Shoup-Parson Woods Trailhead. Marker is in this post office area: Goshen IN 46526, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Goshen Dam on the Elkhart River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 6, 2013
2. Goshen Dam on the Elkhart River
within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Dierdorff Cemetery Folk Lore (approx. 0.4 miles away); A History of the Winona (approx. half a mile away); The Engines of the Winona (approx. 0.9 miles away); Goshen College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shanklin Park (approx. one mile away); Violett Cemetery (approx. one mile away); A History of the Winona / Bethany Christian Schools (approx. 1.2 miles away); Waterford Elementary School (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Millrace Canal image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 6, 2013
3. Millrace Canal
Goshen Dam in Earlier Years image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 7, 2013
4. Goshen Dam in Earlier Years
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on December 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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