Point Commerce

Three years before Indiana became a state and eight years before Greene County was formed, the first settlement in Greene County was established in Jefferson Township at Point Commerce.  Because of flooding and disease, the community failed, even after three additional attempts had been made with no success.  In 1836, the Indiana State Legislature passed a bill providing a canal down the Wabash River and the White River to meet at the mouth of the Eel River.  At this news, a town was laid out on the north side of the junction of the White and Eel Rivers and named Point Commerce in anticipation of the coming canal business. The town grew, but there was a problem, the canal was on the opposite side of the river from Point Commerce.  Some of the merchants in the one thriving town floated their business down the river to what is now the Town of Worthington taking most of the town’s economy with it.  In time, Worthington could boast a population of 500 and Point Commerce was nothing more than a suburb of Worthington.

Provided by Mildred “Milly” (Coleman) Uland