Duck Creek Aqueduct


In the early 1800s, engineers were in great demand, as publicly and privately funded canal-building projects got under way to speed the flow of commerce throughout the U.S. Indiana's ambitious yet short-lived canal-building experience began when Gov. Noah Noble signed the Internal Improvement Act of 1836, which funded construction of the Whitewater Canal. After the state went bankrupt in the 1840s, private investors completed the canal, which ran 76 miles from Lawrenceburg to Hagerstown, accommodating a fall of nearly 500 feet. Where small streams such as Duck Creek met the river, engineers built aqueducts to carry the canal over the stream.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Duck Creek Aqueduct is the only surviving covered wooden bridge for canal boats in the U.S. Constructed in 1843, the 71-foot span carries the canal 16 feet over Duck Creek. Its poplar timbers and limestone abutments are mostly original. Two flumes on each side release excess water into Duck Creek and help control the water level of the canal.