Photo: On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

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view of the Wabash River from Vincennes, Indiana

Overlooking the Wabash River next to the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana July 2016

In¬†1913 Paul Dresser’s popular On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away¬†became the official state song. The Wabash winds its way up the western edge of the state, past Evansville, Vincennes, and Terra Haute, before crossing the state about two-thirds of the way up.

This spot in the photo is presumably near where George Rogers Clark and his hardy band of 170 men crossed the swollen river to recapture the fort at Vincennes from the British in 1779, and where a twenty-one year-old Abraham Lincoln helped his family move from Indiana to Illinois.