News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 25, 2013

Answers to the Wabash River Quiz

Mark Bennett
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — 1. Huntington, built in 1967, creating Rousch Lake.

2. Yellowstone River runs 692 miles through Montana and Wyoming, the longest undammed river in the Lower 48, but Kuskokwim River in Alaska is the nation’s longest free-flowing at 702 miles.

3. 1996, when Gov. Evan Bayh signed the designation.

4. Lafayette, population 67,140; Terre Haute long held that distinction, but Lafayette grew 19 percent between 2000 and 2010, passing Terre Haute, population 60,785.

5. Miami Indians in northern Indiana called the river “waapaahsiiki,” meaning “it shines white,” and French fur traders translated it to “Ouabache” before English pioneers Anglicized it into “Wabash.”

6. The 12 tributaries are the Eel, Little, Little Wabash, Mississinewa, Patoka, Salamonie, Tippecanoe and White rivers, and Sugar and Wildcat creeks in Indiana, and the Embarras and Vermilion rivers in Illinois.

7. Four miles south of Fort Recovery, Ohio, in a farm field drainage culvert.

8. Battle of the Wabash (1791) and Attack on Fort Recovery (1794) both at Fort Recovery, Ohio; Seige of Fort Sackville (1779) at Vincennes; Battle of Tippecanoe (1811) at Battle Ground; and Battle of Fort Harrison (1812) at Terre Haute.

9. Darwin, Ill., in Clark County.

10. Formerly McClure’s Bluff, Darwin is named after British scientist Charles Darwin.

11. The bluff rises 200 feet above the Wabash in Merom, according to riverlorian Jerry Hay’s “Wabash River Guide Book.”

12. Bluffton, Peru and Lafayette (which has two).

13. Clark led a surprise capture of the British Fort Sackville, a victory that put the Old Northwest Territory in American hands.

14. At age 21, Lincoln and his family crossed the Wabash at Vincennes into Lawrence County, Ill.

15. Habitat loss, hunting and pollution (especially the chemical DDT).

16. The Ceylon Bridge (built in 1860, renovated in 1963) spans the river at Geneva in Adams County.

17. Grayville; the Wabash changed course in a 1985, cutting a new channel, leaving the town two miles from the water.

18. Williamsport in Warren County, where the Williamsport Falls tumble an estimated 90 feet.

19. Though many variables could affect the situation, approximately 12 days, according to Purdue University’s Ron Turco.

20. Yes, shovelnose sturgeon, whose roe (or eggs) comprise caviar, are commercially harvested in the Wabash.