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Wabash County Jewish History Wabash County, located in north-central Indiana was named for the Wabash River. Its largest city, Wabash, became the county seat in 1835. The area developed in response to the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal, part of an ambitious state project to provide waterway transportation across Indiana. North Manchester, the second largest city in Wabash County, is home to Manchester College. From its founding through the turn of the nineteenth century, Jewish immigrants played an important role in shaping the history and development of Wabash County. Concentrated mostly within the city of Wabash, there was also a Jewish presence in North Manchester, with other families scattered throughout the county.


Wabash Canning
Wabash Canning

Simon Brothers Building
Simon Brothers Building