Huntington in Huntington County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge / Huntington's Buildings Over the River
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge
Pioneers forded Little River From Charles Street diagonally across just below the Island to the Court House. A dugout canoe, when hailed, carried pedestrians across for 50 cents. Reportedly Indians had used this ford when traveling to The Forks. The first truss bridge over the Little River was built here at the ford. It was accepted in December 1843.
Huntington's Buildings Over the River
Controversy to Controversy
After fighting off a city injunction, A.J. Johnson erected two-story buildings (c 1900) over Little River beside the south span of the steel twin bridge built in 1891. Shops, offices and dwellings were housed here until the structures were condemned unsafe. The Southside Businessmen's Association spruced up the fronts, and the Art Guild donated colorful murals to cover 18 upper windows. Following years of controversy, the buildings were razed in 1977 by order of the state.
Erected by Huntington County Historical Society. (Marker Number 35.1979.3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 40° 52.75′ N, 85° Touch for map. This marker is located in the middle of the South span, West side, of the twin bridges on Jefferson St. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington IN 46750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Drover Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Huntington (about 600 feet away); James Danforth Quayle (about 600 feet away); The Huntington County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); In Memory of the Huntington County Boys who lost their lives in the Great War. (about 700 feet away); Ex Parte Milligan (about 700 feet away); Huntington County War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Canal Landing on Washington Street / Jefferson Park Mall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on May 9, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. 2. submitted on November 18, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on July 22, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. 6, 7. submitted on November 18, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.