Huntington's Ford and First Bridge / Huntington's Buildings Over the River

Huntington's Ford and First Bridge / Huntington's Buildings Over the River (HM18C7)

Location: Huntington, IN 46750 Huntington County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 52.75', W 85° 29.601'

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(Side 1)
Huntington's Ford and First Bridge
Pioneers forded Little River From Charles Street diagonally across just below the Island to the Court House. A dugout canoe, when hailed, carried pedestrians across for 50 cents. Reportedly Indians had used this ford when traveling to The Forks. The first truss bridge over the Little River was built here at the ford. It was accepted in December 1843.

(Side 2)
Huntington's Buildings Over the River
Controversy to Controversy
After fighting off a city injunction, A.J. Johnson erected two-story buildings (c 1900) over Little River beside the south span of the steel twin bridge built in 1891. Shops, offices and dwellings were housed here until the structures were condemned unsafe. The Southside Businessmen's Association spruced up the fronts, and the Art Guild donated colorful murals to cover 18 upper windows. Following years of controversy, the buildings were razed in 1977 by order of the state.
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HM NumberHM18C7
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
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Marker Number35.1979.3
Placed ByHuntington County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 3:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 626944 N 4526436
Decimal Degrees40.87916667, -85.49335000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 52.75', W 85° 29.601'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 52' 45.00" N, 85° 29' 36.06" W
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Area Code(s)260
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 S Jefferson St, Huntington IN 46750, US
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