Column: Indiana canal era limited, but impact still felt


A patriotic spirit pervades Metamora where the Ben Franklin III is docked along Main Street. The boat was built in 1989 to resemble canal boats of the mid-19th century and is pulled by Belgian draft horses. Submitted photo

Visitors to the Wabash and Erie Canal can enjoy a 35-minute floating excursion on the Delphi, a replica of a 19th-century canal boat. Submitted photo

In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed to great fanfare.

Cannon fire, parades, balls and speeches celebrated the speed and skill with which New Yorkers built “the longest canal in the world,” as one eyewitness erroneously called it. (The Grand Canal of China is longer.)

Two years later, Indiana was busy planning its own transportation marvel.

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