Central Canal

Remnants of historic waterway that was never completed

Three portions of the Central Canal are visible along the White River. Part of the Indiana Mammoth Internal Improvement Act of 1836, the Central Canal was envisioned as part of a series of canals, highways, and later, railroads, that crisscrossed the state. Few of the ill-timed projects were ever finished because of the onset of the Great Depression, but you can see a remnant of the construction at Lafayette Trace Park, a reimagination into the Downtown Canalwalk in downtown Indianapolis and White River State Park, and as a trail-lined waterway that conveys water from the river in Broad Ripple south toward downtown Indy.

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