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Carroll County Wabash and Erie Canal, Inc.: (IN) Founded in 1972, the Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of the stretch of Wabash & Erie Canal located in Delphi, Indiana. Here is the only accessible place remaining in the state where the historic canal is water-filled.

Falls of the Ohio State Park: (IN) At the Falls of the Ohio State Park at Jeffersonville, IN, a total of 78 exhibits take the visitor through time, discussing prehistoric man, Native Americans, the legend of the Welsh Prince Madoc, settlement, mapping, river navigation, and more. Interactive exhibits for children and adults include reproduction pilot houses from a steamboat and a modern tow boat. Visitors can stand at the wheel and pilot themselves down the mighty Ohio River.

Howard Steamboat Museum: (IN) Step back in time to the Great Steamboat Era with a tour of the Howard Steamboat Museum. This beautiful 1894 home--built by premier steamboat builders, the Howards of Jeffersonville, Indiana-- features original furnishings, brass chandeliers, stained glass windows, and intricate carvings throughout--even a grand staircase! Master craftsmen from the shipyard created much of the decor in the mansion. Howard built steamboats included the luxurious J.M. White, the speedy City of Louisville and the popular Indiana. Models, photographs, paintings, half-hull models and other artifacts from the Great Steamboat Era abound at this unique Jeffersonville Museum.

Old Lighthouse Museum: (IN) The Old Lighthouse Museum at Michigan City, IN, invites visitors at the only lighthouse in Indiana. Come see the three beautiful ship models that we now have on loan. Come see a new exhibit on Miss Harriet Colfax, the keeper from 1861 until 1904. She was a relative of Schyler Colfax, one of our Vice-Presidents. Come see a new display of running lights from the ship, Showboat. The Showboat housed a theater in which the play, Tobacco Road was performed. Come learn a bit about the history of Michigan City, Indiana.

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site: (IN) As settlers moved into the old Northwest Territory after 1800, transportation routes became an important priority. Indiana's brief experience with canal building began with the passage of the Internal Improvements Act of 1836. Whitewater Canal, at Metamora, IN, was one of several projects started by this act. The canal started in Lawrenceburg and originally ended at Cambridge City, on the Old National Road. Hagerstown merchants financed an extension to their town, making the canal 76 miles in length. The State of Ohio also built a 25-mile spur linking Cincinnati to the canal. Along the canal, 56 locks were built to accommodate a fall of nearly 500 feet.