Irish canal workers tried to ensure that as many men as possible from their own parts of Ireland were hired onto work crews; conflicts inevitably arose.
By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.
The Wabash and Erie Canal became emblematic of the failure of Indiana’s great transportation revolution of the 1830s.
Although it’s certainly not the geographic center of the continental United States, the state of Indiana has nonetheless played the role of “The Crossroads of America”.
Inspired by George Washington's idea of linking the east to the midwest, early Indiana leaders set about the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal.