September 14

Wabash & Erie Canal

Posted by lori . 17 Comments


Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Since I participated in a photo challenge called The August Break 2013 during the month of August, I have a few past Artist Dates to tell you about.

Canal Park Sign

Last November, I stopped at a holiday market, 2nd Annual One Stop Shop, in Delphi, Indiana, held at the Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center. I wanted to go back in the summer, when the canal boat was operating, and a couple weekends ago, my daughter, future son-in-law and I did.

W&E Canal 1

The Wabash and Erie Canal was the longest man-made waterway in the United States (468 miles).  It stretched from Toledo, Ohio to Evansville, Indiana and linked the Great Lakes to the Ohio River.  The canal era ended by the 1870s after about 30 years of use.  The Delphi section of the canal is the only remaining accessible Indiana portion which still has water in it.

W&E Canal 2

We started by taking a 35 minute trip on The Delphi, a replica 19th-century canal boat.

W&E Canal 3

During the tour, our guides, dressed in 19th-century clothing, shared information about the canal and stories of everyday life as it was 150 years ago on the Wabash & Erie Canal.

W&E Canal 4

After the boat trip, we toured the Reed Case House.

W&E Canal 5

Our excellent tour guide, Mr. Mark Smith, told us about this Federal-style house, built in 1844 by Reed Case, contractor for the Wabash & Erie Canal construction in Carroll County.

W&E Canal 6

Mr. Smith shared canal era history and stories…

W&E Canal 7

…along with information about the furnishings and everyday life.

W&E Canal 8

We finished off by visiting the Interpretive Center and walking through the exhibits. The lobby of the Interpretive Center features large oil paintings by Terry Lacy depicting the canal era.

W&E Canal 9

A fun, interesting and beautiful day.

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17 Responses to " Wabash & Erie Canal"

  • Sue says:

    Beautiful canal and the house is really fab.

    Lovely photo of you Lori.

  • Looks a lovely place to visit. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  • genjiscorner says:

    I always thought it would be cool to live on a houseboat on a canal. Maybe in the UK where they have a better canal system.

    • Mark A. Smith says:

      I agree about living on a houseboat. At least there wouldn’t be any grass to mow or weeds to pull in your yard. The downside would be–where do you hike if you want to and no trees in your landscape.

  • Kat says:

    Neat artist date! Thanks for sharing with us..I always enjoy taking these journeys with you through your pix 😀

  • That looks wonderful! It has always been one of my dreams to live on a canal boat. The thought of just drifting along and then mooring for the night really appeals to me.
    Lynne x

    • Tony says:


      I’m in the UK, and have a narrowboat on the canal system. I only live on it for a month or two now and again. Otherwise, I use it, with my friend Rosemary, for long weekends. My daughter lives on a narrowboat – as do many people.

      There’s no doubt there is a romantic side to it, and I’m just as happy in the winter, with the woodburning stove going, whilst the wind and the rain is doing its worst outside.

      You need to be happy with small spaces – taking in turn to move! Almost walking sideways along the boat etc.

      It is hard work – you have to think each time you turn a light on, or run the fridge – where is the power coming from. Water for domestic use has to be got on board, and either boiled for drinking, or put through a purifier. Gas for cooking has to be brought on board – the cylinders are heavy and combersome in tight spaces. Solid fuel, either wood or coal also has to be got on board and stored…then there’s the toilet which needs emptying every couple of days…and deisel for the engine – which produces hot water and charges the batteries – and propells the boat.

      There’s a lot of ‘mechanicals’ – always something ‘playing up’. In the winter, the canal could be frozen for weeks on end – getting water and fuel is even more challenging then – your life becomes one struggle to simply sustain it! Mustn’t let the stove go out when temps get down well below freezing – and at the same time, due to the amount of ventillation required because of the gas/log burner (carbon monoxide poisoning) – there is always a feeling of a draught through the boat – fine in the summer, but less so when it’s an 18 degrees below draught!

      Travelling can indeed be wonderful – it can also be character destroying! Between Leicester and London, on the Grand Union Canal, there are more locks than there are miles – well over a hundred. It took us two months to do about 250 miles along the Grand Union, River Thames, Oxford, Coventry canals and rivers Trent and Soar.

      Last weekend, we travelled into Leicester, to a dramatisation of the trial of Richard 3rd (his remains were discovered in Leicester recently.

      This is a distance of – probably four miles. We set off on Friday evening, to get a couple of locks out of the way, and continued on Saturday, arriving in Leicester around mid afternoon. One section had so much litter in it, that it kept foulling the propeller, then we had trouble closing lock gates and making headway, due to weedcutting – the weed had accumullated against the lock gates and was about a foot deep and all entagled like dealling with a mattress!

      Did we enjoy our weekend? Of course we did! But if you look at narrowboating hoiliday borchures – a bikini clad female, laying on the boat roof in the sunshine sipping a glass of wine – it ain’t like that! More an intersting experience than pure enjoyment – and I love it!…..but after a couple of months on the boat – I’m pleased to come home!


    • lori says:

      Thank you, Tony, for your great comment. I hope everyone who ever reads this post, reads your comment too.

  • Wow, that looks a great place. Love the history that is preserved there.

  • urban hounds says:

    All of these shots are lovely, and may I say your outfit looks great too. Very stylish

    urban hounds

  • Fern Reed says:

    Looking good!!!! Great post!!!

  • Daisy says:

    Fantastic place to visit! SHE loves history and old places.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • What a neat adventure!

  • Dan McCain says:

    A very well done blog. We at the canal in Delphi appreciate knowing when someone has a great time and passes the fun on to more people. Word of mouth brings us many visitors.

    Our Canal Boat has brought us many from all over the country and the world. Look us up on the web too

  • HELLOOO! What a gorgeous house. I am drooling over the carpet.

    I can’t believe I’ve not been here 3 months. I’m sure I must have missed heaps of interesting stories sigh. Anyway, hope you’re well! You’re looking good in the photo. Future son-in-law eh. Congrats! 🙂 x

  • houndstooth says:

    We have a part of the canal that runs through near here, and I’ve ridden on the boat a couple of times. It’s a pretty neat and interesting experience, being pulled down the canal by a horse. After hearing the stories about traveling on the boat, though, I think I’m glad I never got to experience it as a means of travel!

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