The River, Road & Rails

The River, the Road, the Rails – do you know how important they were to our history? Without the Wabash River, the National Road and the Railroads, Terre Haute probably wouldn’t be the fine city it is today…as a matter of fact, it might not exist at all. Click on the check marks below to open each lesson and learn about early Vigo County History. Don't forget the Questions & Activities that will help make learning fun! (Recommended for grades 3-5)

Lesson - 1

The Wabash River, Native Americans, French Traders, and William Henry Harrison

Lesson - 2

Terre Haute, the Railroad, and Chauncey Rose

Lesson - 3

The National Road, westward migration, and The Crossroads of America

Questions & Activities

Vocabulary worksheet and word frame, timeline, maps, and printable PDFs

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History Center of Vigo County

929 Wabash Avenue     Terre Haute, IN 47807     812-235-9717