we moved to Roanoke in Huntington
County almost twenty years ago, I heard talk of an old canal that used to run through the Little
River valley over which my house looks. Taking walks through the area, I looked for
remnants of the old ditch, but could find nothing.
My interest piqued, I rummaged through libraries and
museums from Fort Wayne to Wabash, and with time, began to discover that which I had been
as yet unable to find.
I found the history of the Wabash and Erie Canal to be
integral to the history of the State of Indiana. The coming of the canal brought people
and goods, and the people built towns where before had only been swamp, forests and tall
The people are long-gone, as are many of their villages and
towns, and in all ways the canal itself has crumbled and hidden itself from view.
However, with perseverance, boots, and a generous supply of
mosquito repellant, it can still be found and brought back to life, if only in our minds
While the title of this website is "The Wabash & Erie Canal
through Huntington County, Indiana," in reality my research starts at Vermilyea at
the western edge of Allen County and ends in Lagro in Wabash County. Between the two
points, the canal passed through both Huntington and Whitley Counties.
There are menu
buttons at the top left of each page. Click on the Tour button, and I will take you on a guided tour through history. As you
travel, keep your eyes open for the Side Trip button. Clicking on this button will take you even deeper into history.
If you prefer to explore alone, click on the Site Map button, and you will gain access to all pages.
Have fun "Digging in The Ditch"