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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Francesville: How Water Management Transformed a Region Francesville: How Water Management Transformed a Region

Francesville, platted in 1853, and the surrounding area was primarily swampland until the drainage industry came into being and farmers were able to convert their marshes into fertile fields. This magic moment set the stage for a booming local drainage tile industry and transformed the Francesville area forever.

To celebrate the history and contributions of the local drainage tile industry, the Francesville Fall Festival will incorporate a very special exhibit entitled “Francesville: How Water Management Transformed a Region”. The exhibit will explore the Francesville area’s long history with drainage tile through historical education, in addition to using the tile in a number of creative ways, including a slide for children and a maze, comprised entirely of this locally-made product.