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.
TERRE HAUTE —
1. Huntington, built in 1967, creating Rousch Lake.
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I watched a TV show recently and the subject was global warming.
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I have always been a person who respects education. Education doesn’t always come to you in the orderly process of school and classroom. Sometimes, it finds you in work-a-day situations.
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When The Tribune-Star recently asked the reading public to name “the best” in dozens of categories, I didn’t hesitate in naming Mike Lunsford as my favorite columnist.
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I noticed during the NCAA Tournament games I have been watching that all of them have identical basketball floors, regardless of where the game was played.
RONN MOTT: Guns and Schools
I guess I just don’t get it. Perhaps I’m not smart enough. Those who don’t agree with me very often probably think that is the problem — me not being smart.
The idea that children will be safer if you have a gun in your car in the school parking lot, or somewhere on school grounds, leaves me with the traditional “Duh!” I don’t wish to poke fun at those honest citizens who “pack” and hope they will be able to do something good in the way of helping family or neighbors in the event of a crisis, but often in those situations innocent people get shot.
RONN MOTT: Flight 370
Not too many days ago, I heard a reporter refer to Flight 370 as an accident. It wasn’t an accident … it was, most likely, murder. If this aircraft went down in the Indian Ocean, we will be extremely fortunate to find the remains of the plane and any of the people on it.
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I was talking with a friend the other day, a much younger friend. Somehow the conversation turned to early memories. One of her earliest memories had to do with 9/11 and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers.
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Oh my, write down the date, underline it, and say, “The guesswork in Ronn’s column the other day was wrong!”
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RONN MOTT: Thank you, NCAA
The MEAC, the MAAC and the MAC. Do you know? And how much do you know mixed with how much do you care? Now we know the MAC, they’re practically home boys. That’s Northern Illinois, Ball State and a handful of teams in Ohio. But you get reacquainted with some of these schools because of the NCAA Tournament.
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I received a letter the other day from a Yorkville High School classmate. It wasn’t snail mail, it was written in cursive writing and although it required more than the 3-cent stamp of my youth, it found our mailbox within a couple of days of posting.
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MARK BENNETT: All aboard!
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