Terre Haute No. 2 is one of two paintings from 1969 in which Indiana commemorates places in the state of Indiana and the highways and rivers that pass through them. Wabash refers to the river of that name, which spans the entire state of Indiana and passes through Terre Haute. 40 refers to U.S. Route 40, a major east-west highway which also passes through Terre Haute. The painting made its public debut in 1970 in The Highway: An Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.