Cannelton is a very small, out of the way, historic town on the Ohio River. Cannelton started as a company-owned coal mining town in the 1830s. From the 1830s to 60s Cannelton grew and diversified. It was originally the seat of Perry County Indiana and an important regional center. The county seat was later moved to Tell City. The textile mill pictured below was built in 1849. This mill operated until 1954 and employed around 300 people. The growth of Cannelton slowed after the civil war as nearby Tell City became much more prominent regionally. Cannelton has languished over the years in a way that has preserved it's main street and residential neighborhoods. Washington Street Cannelton is an almost completely intact and unaltered late 1900s commercial street. It's a great example of preservation via benign neglect.
There is a large lumber mill in Cannelton that is currently operating. I don't know how old it is or how many people work in it. Cannelton didn't seem to have that many open businesses. I got the impression that most of the shopping and services in the area had moved to Tell City which is only 3 miles away. The Cannelton Mill was converted into low income and senior housing around 2000. I was really impressed with the quality of the preservation and conversion project. A friendly resident invited me in to have a look. It's a really extraordinary building. Eagles Bluff Overlook is a mile Southeast of Cannelton. It's a nice park on the bluff a few hundred feet above the Ohio River with a good view of the river and a damn and locks.
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