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

Gordon's or Millville Lock #24

 
 
Gordon's or Millville Lock #24 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 20, 2013
1. Gordon's or Millville Lock #24 Marker
Inscription. Gordon's, or Millville Lock #24, was one of the 56 locks on the Whitewater Canal constructed to accommodate a 491-foot drop in elevation along its course.

The water level could be raised or lowered eight feet. Mitered gates at both ends of the chamber formed a "V" facing upstream. To work the lock, two men pushed the balance beams to open the gates into the recesses in the chamber. The boat entered the lock, and the gates were closed.

The sluices were opened in the bottom of the gates at the upper end of the lock, and water from the higher elevation flowed into the chamber. As the lock filled with water, the boat rose. The upstream gates were opened, and the boat continued on its way. The process was reversed if the boat was going downstream.
 
Erected by Whitewater Canal State Historic Site.
 
Location. 39° 26.811′ N, 85° 7.469′ W. Marker is near Metamora, Indiana, in Franklin County. Marker is on U.S. 52 0.4 miles east of McGuire Ridge Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Metamora IN 47030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Whitewater Canal
Gordon's or Millville Lock #24 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 20, 2013
2. Gordon's or Millville Lock #24
(within shouting distance of this marker); Duck Creek Aqueduct (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Whitewater Canal State Historic Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Metamora Christian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Martindale Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Van Camp's Store (approx. half a mile away); Metamora Masonic Lodge (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metamora.
 
Also see . . .  Whitewater Canal - Water Wheels and Canal Boats. From the Indiana State Museum website. (Submitted on July 19, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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