Here are some one liners...
Utopia along the Wabash -- A Scottish industrialist buys a town along the Wabash River and tries to build a Utopia in the wilderness.
The Erie Canal Opens for Business -- It is a marvel of 19th century engineering, and 20th century engineering and probably 21st century too.
In Other News -- British unions, Portland cement and Beethoven's 9th.
Utopia along the WabashWhy create a perfect society from scratch when you can buy one for $125,000? (A little over $3 million in modern dollars.) It is Heaven on Earth if by "Heaven" you mean "living under the thumb of a control freak with no sense of obligation to an authority higher than himself." In 1814, the Reverend George Rapp and his followers settled in Indiana along the Wabash to establish the Harmony Society, but southwest Indiana is on the backside of nowhere. After 10 years they are missing civilization, so they invite the Scottish industrialist (read as rich guy) Robert Owen to visit Harmony with the hope of selling the property to him. Almost immediately, he is inspired to buy the town. Society has failed to improve itself because of outside influences that mislead people. Owen reasons that by building a walled, isolated compound, he can control the societal environment. He will create a new man and a Utopian community. This is New Harmony. The rules of living are based on logical principles. (Religion is presumed to be illogical.) Colonists will share equally regardless of the effort or skills they bring to the community. Drunkenness is fined. Homes are inspected for neatness. (How is this different from the Pilgrims?) Owen wants to separate the children from their parents. It is a benevolent dictatorship with Owen and his sons as self-appointed molders of men's souls.... uh... I mean character. Eventually, New Harmony will lose direction and become a normal frontier town.     
The Erie Canal Opens for BusinessThe Mohawk and Hudson Rivers are natural gateways to the West from New York to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Merchants want to ship food and goods through this natural gap between the mountain ranges but the costs are still prohibitive. Shipping by river boat is less expensive but the rivers are not 100% navigable and it would be nice to connect the Hudson River to Lake Erie, but the elevation from the River to the Lake rises about 600 feet. To connect these two bodies of water takes a lot of digging, an army of German stone masons and building a series of 50 locks. Even in the modern day, building such a canal would be a formidable task. The Erie Canal begins in Albany and ends at Little Buffalo Creek near Buffalo, New York, the Queen City of the Lakes. Parts of the Erie Canal have been open for some time, but now the full length is complete. It doesn't take long before the canal reaches its design limit for cargo. The speed of the barges is reduced to 4 miles per hour to preserve the clay bottom. By 1837 the Erie Canal will have paid for itself, but it is clear that a larger canal is already needed.   
In Other News
- British subjects can unionize again. Fear of an overthrow of the government has passed although WORKERS STILL OBJECT TO BEING REPLACED BY MACHINES.