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Central Canal

337 W. 11th st., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 USA

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“connecting the erie to the ohio river!”

The Indiana Central Canal was a canal intended to connect the Wabash and Erie Canal to the Ohio River. It was funded by the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act, Indiana's attempt to take part in the canal-building craze, started by the Erie Canal. $3.5 million was allocated for the project, the largest piece of the entire $10 million Act. However, due to the Panic of 1837, Indiana suffered financial difficulties and had to turn over the canal to the state's creditors, and building of the canal was stopped in 1839. The canal was supposed to extend 296 miles (476 km), from Peru, Indiana, to Evansville, Indiana, where it would reach the Ohio River. It was originally divided into two sections, North and South. Later, a third section was designated, called the Indianapolis section. Only eight miles were completed, with eighty additional miles between Anderson, Indiana, and Martinsville, Indiana, having been partially built.

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mandito85

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March 24, 2014

This is my dog, Louie's favorite walking spot. This a great place to stroll. Plenty of seating along the way and some fantastic sites, like The Medal of Honor winners display, 9/11 memorial, The USS Indianapolis memorial, and so much more! You can rent paddle boats or bicycles that seat 4 or more!!! A great outdoor space in an urban setting.

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337 W. 11th st.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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