Historic Canals of Indiana

By Harry O. Garman

The canals of Indiana had their place in the economic development of this State. They failed as a means of transportation because the railroads could go to the business while the canal system had to attempt to bring the business to it. The canal traffic was slow and the railroad traffic was fast, and business is always in a hurry.

There were built in Indiana 472 miles of canal at an estimated cost of $10,000,000.... Extensions to the Indiana canal system were built by the people of Ohio. One extension was built to Toledo on Lake Erie and another extension was built to Cincinnati on the Ohio River.

Indiana Canals Map