The Wabash River Heritage Corridor is made up of rural, pastoral landscapes which look much the same today as they did a century ago, as well as vibrant urban areas with major colleges and universities. Several state-owned parks and historic sites are located within the corridor, as well as the largest single collection of historic covered bridges (in one county) in the United States. Art museums, festivals, hiking trails, small, quaint towns and even an original Dentzel carousel are just a few of the attractions which can be experienced in communities throughout the region.
The corridor’s rich history is rooted in the Native American tribes, which were here for centuries. French explorers, and the American settlers who followed them, each left an indelible mark in the region’s history. European immigrants found their way into the area along the Wabash and Erie Canal, the longest ever completed in the United States.
The canal and railroads brought tremendous economic growth to the Wabash River Valley, and that work ethic is still prevalent in the region. Today, recreational opportunities along the Wabash River and its tributaries are growing. Boat launch ramps can be found throughout the corridor, and parks and hiking trails have been constructed along the river fronts of some communities. For many years, On the Banks of the Wabash has been recognized as Indiana’s state song. So important is the waterway that in 1996 the General Assembly declared the Wabash River to be Indiana’s state river.
The Banks of the Wabash organization was formed so that citizens living in the Wabash River Heritage Corridor could voice their opinions and concerns about the corridor, and to provide a mechanism to help us work together to achieve common goals. With its non-profit status and citizen membership base, the Banks of the Wabash, Inc. can work with other organizations such as the Wabash River Heritage corridor Commission to make things happen. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. brings together a variety of individuals who are interested in conservation, historic preservations, economic development, community education and heritage tourism.