Talk:Wabash River

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Merging in content from Wabash Valley[edit]

I came here because someone had put a "Discuss" tag on the Wabash Valley page re: merging the content from there into this article. Personally, I can understand the reasoning, since the Wabash Valley is one portion of the route of the Wabash River, but I also feel that doing so would squelch any potential expansion upon content about the region. I think there is room to list some of the more notable cities in the Wabash Valley, as well as some of the activities, traditions, and culture that the residents hold as uniquely theirs.--Lonadar (talk) 23:43, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

new picture of Wabash River[edit]

I think the Wabash would be better served by a picture in a rural setting.

  • I like the current picture and would welcome additions -- not to "serve" (or promote) but to describe and explain. Please do sign your posts on talk pages! Malepheasant 06:51, 14 December 2005 (UTC)

Historical Wabash[edit] 13:12, 19 March 2007 (UTC)Contrary to Herb Shriner, I left Indiana. It was my home and I loved it, but career choices made it impossible to stay. I never forgot Indiana, nor it's most famous river, the Wabash.

I am now relearning Indiana and places that I fondly remember. The Wabash River is high on my list to visit soon.

For such a large and important river, certainly to Indiana and probably the nation, the Wabash seems to have little written about it. The celabration of the Wabash may be available, but I just haven't found it yet.

Many references can be found alluding to the time the river was used as a highway between the French provinces in the north and Louisiana in the south. There should be many stories...............but I can't find them.

My family goes back to the settlement of Indiana just as Indiana was becoming a state. They were in Clinton County when Clinton County was formed out of Tippicanoe County. They entered the area from Fort Pitt. The logical route to Clinton County would have been the Wabash River.....coming ashore near Lafayette.

The pre-1816 history should be charming. Stories should abound. Where are they?

Ecology? - Expert request[edit]

Any coverage of the ecological status of the river, its level of chemical contamination, its wildlife populations and changes in the aforementioned attributes seems to be missing at present. Where do we look for this kind of information? MrZaiustalk 05:21, 27 January 2009 (UTC)


The beginning course of the Wabash sketchy. It's not near Coldwater. The marker I posted is curious because it is on the Mercer/Darke County line on Mercer's side. Then it goes underneath 49 and goes into private farm land in Darke county. I will try and get a picture of the "geographic" beginning if the farmers let me. --Dana60Cummins (talk) 16:27, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks that would be nice to have. The source I used in writing that section says it begins a spring, possible fed from a nearby lake or stream. —Charles Edward (Talk | Contribs) 16:51, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Both the Little Wabash and the Embarrass rivers are named as the second largest tributary. Which is correct?Dpford1960 (talk) 15:28, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Serious reference issues[edit]

This shared the same reference as most of the page. I deleted it.

The river begins as a small spring that comes up from the ground among large stones. The exact source of the water is unknown, but naturalists theorize it could be either the nearby Beaver Creek or Grand Lake.

It's not a spring. It's all farm field run-off. Grand Lake is around 100ft lower than the beginning of the Wabash, so that's ruled out. Beaver Creak isn't anywhere close.

Being that this was referenced and wasn't even close to fact, the rest of this article needs lots of attention where this reference shows up. Help in whatever way you can.--Dana60Cummins (talk) 02:21, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Out of Place[edit]

This section doesn't seem to make much sense in an article about a river: "For nine years in the 1920s, the Grand Rapids Hotel and resort was situated in Wabash County, Illinois, near the Grand Rapids Dam on the Wabash River. The owner was Frederick Hinde Zimmerman. The hotel drew its clientele from all over the United States." Presumably, there were and are many hotels on or near the Wabash, so what makes this one so special that it is described in an article about the river? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:49, 24 June 2015 (UTC)