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Title: Canals of Fountain and Warren Counties
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HISTORY OF WARREN COUNTY:

The town had grown from a population of about 250 in 1840, to about 350 in 1850.
The grain trade and and the pork-packing had grown to much larger proportions, as in 1847 the canal boats had begun to run on the other side of the river; but although the buyers lived in Williamsport and in many instances bought grain there, the warehouses were in Attica and other places on the canal, and the trade of Williamsport was much smaller in comparison than any place on the canal which had the great advantage of easy shipment. This was early seen by the citizens to be a serious drawback to the growth of the town, and as early as 1848, the subject of having a side-cut canal was broached. The citizens were all anxious to have the side-cut, but the cost would be enormous, and it was several years before all were worked up to the pitch of substantial help. In 1849 or 1850, a subscription pa per was started to raise the necessary funds to carry the scheme into effect, and William Kent headed the list with $1,000, and many others followed the amounts up in the hundreds, and the lists were circulated in the country and subscribed liberally by the farmers in the vicinity of the county seat and by others in more distant portions of the county who would be benefited by the side-cut at Williamsport. It took a year or more to raise the amount which an experienced engineer had stated would be necessary to complete the work. The contract of digging the cut was given to a man named Barcus. The entire cost of construction was about $16,000; but when the work was finished and boats began to run up and down the cut to and from the warehouses, Williamsport received the greatest "boom" in all her history. Every branch of business was greatly augmented, and the builders of the cut were more than repaid for their outlay.

[COUNTIES OF WARREN, BENTON, JASPER AND NEWTON, INDIANA
HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. ILLUSTRATED. Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co. Publishers, 1883. Page 89]



Date: 1/1/1883
Origin: COUNTIES OF WARREN, BENTON, JASPER AND NEWTON, INDIANA
Author: F.A. Battey & Co.
Record ID: 00001056
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Chris Brown

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