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Towns That Never Were

The founders of Lockington and Port Jefferson were rewarded for their efforts, but many other would-be boomtowns in Shelby County never materialized. North Salem (Salem Township), North Port, Basinburg, and Cynthian (in Cynthian Township), and New Bern (Washington Township) all existed for a short period of time, and are now virtual ghost towns.

Owners of land along the canal in Washington Township had ambitious plans when they platted the village of Trithena on August 19, 1837. James Cook, the proprietor, laid out 34 lots and 3 streets. No houses or businesses were ever built. It was most likely another casualty of the decline in the fortunes in the canal after the arrival of the railroads. The plat was vacated in 1898. This farmland is now owned by Nancy Davidson and Susan Wallace.

'Canal' segment written in December, 1998 by Rich Wallace 

 

 

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