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Title: Lafayette Club Canoes Down Pine Creek
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The Lafayette Canoe Club made a trip in canoes from Rocky Ford down Pine Creek to its mouth at Wabash River and docked at the Attica boat docks. We had the great privilege to be invited to go along. So much has been written about the beauties of Pine Creek that one wonders if it can be true.

Warren County has a very precious heritage; one of the last unspoiled areas in the region.

The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Warren County, Indiana, 1877 says: "Pine Creek flows in a deep valley, generally walled by overhanging cliffs of massive sand rock, crowned with evergreen, pines, cedars and juniper trees, combining scenery at once, grand, wild and beautiful.

"The valley is from 150 to 200 feet deep, and the narrow margin of alluvial soil was originally covered with a tangled mass of thorny brush, briers and vines. These features made Pine Creek a strong line of defense in Indian warfare, well suited to the strategy, and in the campaign of 1811 the confederate tribes planned to fight here with Gen. Harrison.

"The gallant General, by a quick march to the left flank, crossed higher up to the open prairie, and ended the war by the brilliant victory of Tippecanoe." Canoeing is a family affair, and a history lesson has been given to the children.

Anyone making the trip will find that the earlier in the morning the trip is made, the more birds will be about. Also springtime is best, for the water is higher and the redbud and dogwood blossoms are out. All along the way springs send tiny waterfalls down the sides of the cliffs.

Added to the beauty of the trip is the challenge of choosing the best way to go when rocks are encountered.

This trip is a must for everyone in Warren County.

Date: 6/1/1966
Author: Mrs. L. [Leonard] Mann
Record ID: 00000043
Type: Artifact
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 10/28/2002
Collection: Big Pine Creek File
Entered By: Peggy Brenner

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