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May 22, 2013

READERS' FORUM: May 22, 2013

Rich history all along the river

I have read quite a bit about the “Year Of The River” in the Tribune-Star lately, and I must say it is all very interesting. But I think one historical fact of the river has been overlooked, and that is 200 years ago not only the Wabash but all of the major rivers were the interstate highways of the era.

Native Americans had their large villages near rivers when possible, and the Weas and Piankashaws were prominent along the entire length of the Wabash, along with some Miami and Potawatomi not only on the Wabash but the other major rivers in Indiana with some Shawnee and Delaware also.

The Weas were the first known dwellers of Terre Haute, establishing the Old Orchard village at this site, which in turn drew French traders and later the town of Terre Haute or “High Ground” was established.

At one time there were paddlewheel boats and flat cargo boats on the river when the channel was much deeper and could handle the large boats. Many of the homes in the south all the way to New Orleans were constructed from the lumber the flat boats were built from up north around the Logansport area and products were shipped to the southern area of the country. The boats were taken apart and the lumber used at the end of their journey.

The history of the Wabash is very rich and interesting, with people living and dying along it for hundreds of years, raising families, building forts, fighting battles and just watching the seasons go by.

 — Vicki R. Rainbolt

Brazil

Great work by Duke employees

The employees of Duke Energy are to be applauded. The Wabash Valley Fair Association would like to express our sincere appreciation for Duke Energy choosing the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds as the site of their 2013 “In Action” event in Terre Haute.

The volunteer work force that participated was phenomenal. The enthusiasm which their many employees exhibited during the day was contagious and certainly shows the quality of workers that they employ.

Their willingness to roll up their sleeves to improve our facility through “sweat equity” shows the commitment Duke Energy and their employees have in making our community a better place to live. The projects that were undertaken have truly made a difference in the functionality and appearance of our Fairgrounds.

As a not-for-profit organization, we appreciate the many community volunteers that make a big difference in what can be accomplished. Duke Energy employees who volunteered to be a part of the work force on their In Action day shows that they are a great asset to the Wabash Valley community.

Duke Energy should truly be commended and we thank them for their support and efforts.

— Jennifer Cook

President

Wabash Valley Fair Association

Terre Haute

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