Red Steamboat Paddle
West Branch Library
Monday, November 22 at 6:00 pm

Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I, steamboat traffic on the Wabash River at Terre Haute expanded dramatically, helped by interventions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The commercial boom was accompanied by an extensive houseboat community along the city's waterfront, widespread leisure boating, and a community of people living on the river bank-all roughly in the area of today's Fairbanks Park.