Wabash Cannonball Bridge
By John Dappert
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Published: June 17, 2012
Words: 874 (approximate)
St. Francisville, Illinois, (Home of the famous Black Jewell Popcorn company) has a great treasure our family visited recently. We had long heard the story of how a local farmer, tired of the long distance hauling grain to Vincennes, Indiana on the other side of the Wabash, had bought the abandoned railroad bridge to make his travel shorter.
We had long planned to cross that historic bridge, but the occasion had not arrived to make it for a specific purpose, so we decided to make it our purpose just to view this local piece of history. St. Francisville is an historic town in itself, being one of the locations French Trappers had visited years ago when Illinois was part of the state of Virginia, Illinois territory. A plaque is erected in front of the Catholic Church in town, indicating the first church was established in 1818, the year Illinois entered the union. Due to the location on the Wabash, trappers had established the location many years before the time of the church establishment. There are a remarkable number of well-kept churches in this small town of 800, and many buildings are well kept.
, unique places
, wabash river
, st francisville
, railroad bridge
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