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Indiana Historical Bureau

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Location: 3709 Tunnel Mill Road, Charlestown. (Clark County, Indiana) - STOLEN

Installed: 2001 Indiana Historical Bureau and Descendants of John and Rebecca Work Drummond

ID# : 10.2001.1

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Side one:

John Work (1760-1832), one of area's most prominent businessmen, settled on Fourteen Mile Creek 1804; had this house built circa 1811; built grist mill, tunnel, and dam on creek circa 1814-1816. Over time, Work operated three grist mills, four saw mills, powder mill, distillery, stone sawing mill, and general store.

Side two:

Tunnel dug near here was six feet tall, five feet wide, over 385 feet long, and considered major engineering feat. Blasting through limestone hill took nearly 2.5 years. Tunnel served as mill race providing consistent water supply. Mill was three stories tall with limestone foundation. Upper two floors made of wood. Mill burned 1927."

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Business, Industry, and Labor, Nature and Natural Disasters