Cataract Falls Cataract Falls
Cataract Falls State Recreation Area
Owen County, Indiana
Cataract Falls





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The first permanent settler in the area was Isaac Teal who lived near the lower falls. He erected a small mill around 1820. The wildlife was plentiful. In 1841, Theodore Jennings and his mother road horseback from Louisville to Greencastle to visit his brother. From the primitive highway, he heard the roar of the falls and liked the sound. He bought 1,000 acres, which included the falls and Teal's rotting old mill. Jennings returned to the area shortly afterward bringing his wife and four children along with other friends and relatives. They journeyed here by covered wagons through the snow and they lived in the wagons until homes were built. Jennings erected a saw mill, flour and woolen mill, a general store, and copper and blacksmith shops in what would later be called Jennings Township. Theodore Jennings was related to Jonathan Jennings, Indiana's first Governor. Jennings later moved and sold the falls and surrounding acreage to John Teal. Next Page

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