Getting ready for a canoe trip down the Mississippi River

Getting ready for our Monday canoe trip brought back memories of a brief time John Hayes, Dan Bergerson and I got to be on the Wabash River near Fort Ouiatenon, by Lafayette, Indiana. There was a time when Rivers were very important for transporting people and goods, and the bark canoe (including basswood and elm bark) were the mainstays for travel.  These photos were taken by frontier artist Steve White in preparation for a painting he was working on about Simon Kenton crossing the Ohio River.  Prints are available from Steve White’s web site.  Oh how the world has changed in so short a time!

 

 

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