The intersection of the two yellow lines is Church and Main Streets. Notice that Main St. extends north to the Wabash River. This is where boats landed in the 1800’s. Notice also that West St. extends north to the Wabash. This extension was called Fretageot Lane. The road to the Cut-off ferry is today Woods Ave. It does not extend to the river today.
By the 1850’s the cut-off was becoming the main channel. As the old river channel dried up, so did commercial traffic on the Wabash. As a stronger current flowed through the cut-off, it washed away sediment leaving rock. The shoals that was formed made commercial traffic on the Wabash impossible. The shoals is called the “Old Dam” by locals.
To Miss Caroline Pelham, Los Angeles, CA Just see how badly the Wabash has been behaving. Damaging almost every boat on the river. Down shore big gravel barges and boats over the willow trees. It certainly looked bad for a while. The U. S. Army boats were damaged the most. I think of you 17 degrees below zero. Laugh now. Jan. 29, 1912
Taken from Indian Mound Hill - 1931 What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else. Hal Boyle There is no rushing a river. When you go there, you go at the pace of the water and that pace ties you into a flow that is older than life on this planet. Acceptance of that pace, even for a day, changes us, reminds us of other rhythms beyond the sound of our own heartbeats. Jeff Rennicke
The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. The rivers carry our canoes, and feed our children. If we sell your our land, you must remember, and teach your children, that the rivers are our brothers and yours, and you must henceforth give the rivers the kindness you would any brother. Chief Seattle - 1854
Always a river … Moonlight on the Wabash - 1907