Wabash River

Wabash River (HM1EUM)

Location: Fort Recovery, OH 45846 Mercer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 21.164', W 84° 44.911'

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"Oubache' was the French name for the Wabash - an Indian word meaning white. La Salle in 1669, was the first white man to explore this stream. Long it had been a link in a well- used route for red warriors and traders between the Great Lakes and the Ohio. Under French control the route connected settlements which stretched from the Saint Lawrence River to the Gulf of Mexico.

On the banks of the Wabash George Rogers Clark wrested the Old Northwest from the British when he captured Vincennes. Not far from the Wabash, William Henry Harrison defeated the Prophet in the Battle of Tippecanoe, marking the beginning of the War of 1812. With peace came the building of the Wabash and Erie Canal along the old route. One of the world's longest canals, it brought prosperity to interior Indiana and Ohio. erected 1958 Fort Recovery Historical Society

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Wabash River One half mile west of here, the Wabash River, famed in song and story, has it's beginning. After 40 miles of meandering indecision, the willow- lined stream enters Indiana, flows completely across and almost the full length of the Hoosier State, then enters the Ohio River just below Evansville, it passes through 475 miles of one of the richest and most beautiful regions of our country.

At present, Fort Recovery, just north of here, tragedy and victory were the lot of two American armies on the banks of the Wabash. In the Indian Wars, Gen. Arthur St. Clair lost three fourths of his command in 1791 when Little Turtle and his warriors surprised his small and badly equipped army. Three years later, Little Turtle and 2,000 attacked Fort Recovery located on the same site. The Indians were repulsed with great loss by Gen. Anthony Wayne's soldiers.

A partial reconstruction of the pioneer fort and a towering stone monument in Fort Recovery honor those men who fought and died in these two engagements on the banks of the Wabash.

Year Placed1958
Placed ByFort Recovery Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 691201 N 4469341
Decimal Degrees40.35273333, -84.74851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 21.164', W 84° 44.911'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 21' 9.84" N, 84° 44' 54.66" W
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Area Code(s)419, 937, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-6 Greenville Rd, Fort Recovery OH 45846, US
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