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History of Cannelton, (Perry County) Indiana

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Local History Notes:

The 1854 Gazetteer of the United States by Thomas Baldwin shows:

CANNELTON, a flourishing post-town of Perry county, Indiana, is situated on the Ohio river, 120 miles below Louisville, Kentucky, and 70 miles above Evansville, Indiana. Eight years ago it contained only 4 or 5 log-cabins; now it is the largest town in the county, and contains several churches and elegant residences, and a large cotton factory, called the Cannelton cotton mill, which employs several hundred operatives, and produces 40,000 yards of sheetings per week. This establishment, which is 300 feet long and 4 stories high, is built of variegated sandstone, and presents a splendid appearance from the river. A newspaper is published here. The vast beds of cannel coal which are found in the adjoining hills give to this place superior advantages for a manufacturing town. The stratum of coal is 4 or 5 feet thick, and easily accessible. The coal is used extensively in the steamboats which navigate the river. The improvements at this place were commenced by the American Cannel Coal Company, which was incorporated in 1836. Fine sandstone and fire-clay are found here in connection with the coal. Population in 1853, about 2500.








Indiana Facts:
Tree: tulip tree (yellow poplar)
Bird: cardinal
Flower: peony
Nickname: Hoosier State
Motto: Crossroads of America
Area (sq. mi.): 36,291
Capitol: Indianapolis
Admitted: 11 Dec 1816


Mexican Business Directory



Perry County Facts:

Seat: Tell City
Established: 1814 Sep 7
Formed from: Harrison and Warrick


Some Historic Photographers from Cannelton

  • Otto, Charles
Courtesy of Classyarts.com





Cannelton is situated 125 meters above sea level.



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