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Title: The Wabash and Scenes Along Its Banks
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You may talk about you Hudson rivers and the Blue Juniata, but we, as people of Williamsport, think our own Wabash river excels these. In describing it, we can truthfully say it does not fall short of Paul Dresser's beautiful description of it in his song entitled, "On the Banks of the Wabash."

The river at Williamsport is about six hundred feet wide, and to watch it now no one would think that its peaceful gliding current was ever deep enough to float a steamer, nevertheless many boats have gone up as far as LaFayette and even Logansport, sixty miles up the river. In the early days Williamsport was quite a river port. Old settlers say that it was no strange sight to see a dozen steamboats at the wharf waiting to load with grain, live stock or other products. In our day should a dozen boats be found some morning tied up the river side, every citizen of our beautiful town within an hour would be on the river bank gazing at the same.

In the spring, when the snow melts and heavy rain falls, it overflows its banks and breaks all restraints put upon it. It sweeps through the river bottoms and carries the corn and grain with it, which represents the farmers' hard labor. After rushing along, muddy and swollen, for about a month, it finally settles back to the usual tenor of its peaceful way.

It has often been said that some of the most beautiful scenery in Western Indiana is located along the banks of the Wabash.

Surely nothing can be more refreshing on a hot summer's day than this cool expanse of water, shaded on each side by nodding sycamores, whose drooping branches cast dancing shadows on the water in the long afternoon sun.

On floating down the river, the boater sees river bottoms covered with waiving corn and smooth green meadows, the fragrance of whose bloom is wafted to him. About eight miles down the river from Williamsport is Portland Arch. This is a natural arch formed of stone, surrounded by cliffs covered wtih beautiful ferns, and all nature seems to combine to make it as beautiful as possible. This is a favorite resort for picnickers, and many a gay party has been conveyed thence over the waters of the Wabash.

If we change our course and row up the river, we find almost as many beautiful attactions, and among them Black Rock is certainly the prettiest. In fact, on rowing up the Wabash, it is impossible to look any where without finding new beauties.

Therefore, in conclusion, I will say to the people of Williamsport and the surrounding country, - appreciate the Wabash and its scenery. It is very seldom that people are surrounded by such beautiful scenes in nature, and in showing our gratitude fro them, we should enjoy them to the best of our ability.

Date: 5/30/1906
Origin: The Goldenrod
Author: Genevieve Bowlus
Record ID: 00000100
Type: Yearbook
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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