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Indiana Palladium, August 7, 1830


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Scene near Petersburg, September,
1884. This is a dredge building up
what's called a wing dam. It doesn't
dam the river, it merely channels
the current.

River Scene near



Petersburg, Kentucky    Petersburg, Kentucky

The Sachem today sits rusting near Petersburg.
The story of it's colorful past and current demise is here.


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Fernbank Construction Scene
The locks were on the Kentucky side
Rebuilding Fernbank, 1930
This type of lock is known as a beartrap.

Fernbank was about half way between Elijah Creek and Loders Creek.


Ice, 1917-1918

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The Ice of 1917-18 at Fernbank, from the Facebook page of the Saylor Park Historical Society


Woolper Creek
Ice at Fernbank Dam in 1917-18, across from Taylorsport. Read about the amazing ice of 1918 from several issues of the Boone County Recorder here. It was “The most phenomenal [ice gorge] ever formed on the Ohio River” The Lawrenceburg Press, February, 1918


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Fernbank Locks
We used this one to show the wood-less hills on the Taylorsport side. Wood was not only burned for fuel to heat houses, but, in earlier times, could also be sold to passing steam boat captains for fuel.

Fernbank Dam & Locks


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Celebrating the Opening of
Fernbank Dam
Sept 5, 1911

September 4th and 5th, 1911
 Opening of the Fernbank Dam

 Fernbank Dam was the first of several Cincinnati area dams, and ran roughly between Saylor Park and Taylorsport.  Lots of pictures of it are at Don Prout's Greetings from Cincinnati,  here. More about the earlier series of Ohio River locks and dams is here. The Fernbank Indians were the source of the name.


Ferbank Explosion Ferbank Explosion
As Markland Dam became virtually ready to officially open, Fernbank became an obstacle, and was blown out of existence on November 8, 1862. Image on the left is from the Kentucky side; on the right from Ohio.


Shelby Louden gives a presentation for the Saylor Park (Ohio) Historical Society on the history
of the original Ohio River locks and dams, centered mostly on Fernbank, lock and dam 37. It's a film of
a Powerpoint presentation with a voice over, but the info is solid, and there are some nice pictures.

Another Shelby Louden video on Fernbank.


“The Marshall of the State of Kentucky will sell at public sale on the 25th day of August, at Petersburg, Ky., the steamer David Gibson, her tackle, furniture &c, as it lies in the Ohio river.” Indiana Reveille, August 17, 1859 “The steamer Madison, which was sunk on Monday at Aurora, by coming in collision with the steamer Iowa, was one of the Cincinnati and New Orleans Packet Line, recently established between the two cities, and was valued at $12,000, on which there was insurance of $8,000.  Her cargo consisted of 405 hogsheads of sugar, 1,050 barrels of molasses, 95 tierces [1 tierce = 159 liters, or 1.33 barrels] of rice, and 5 tuns [1 tun = 8 barrels] of wire, valued at $65,000, principally insured on open policies in Cincinnati offices.  Part of the molasses can probably be saved, but the remainder of the cargo, together with the boat, will prove a total loss.”
 from Vevay's Indiana Reveille, January 12, 1859
The Nathaniel Holmes was a 215 ton sternwheeler built in Steubenville, Ohio in 1856. The David Gibson was a 414 ton side-wheeler built in Murraysville, West Virginia, in 1854. The collided at Petersburg on March 28, 1859.  15 lives were lost.
Steamer Pat Rogers burns, across from Petersburg, more here, and here. “The James Park, on her recent upward trip, passed the small steamer James Watt, loaded with pork, from Madison for Wheeling, sunk in the channel opposite Petersburg, Ky. She lies with the water up to her boiler deck, and from appearances was broken in two. The Watt was probably worth from $3,500 to $4,000, and formerly ran on the Muskingum River, and from Marietta to Wheeling. Capt. Harris is her commander.” Louisville Daily Courier, March 5, 1855


Ice of 1910

The Aurora-Petersburg Ferry in the Ice of 1910
from a Facebook post by the Dearborn County Historical Society


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Moody's Wharf Boat, Petersburg Riverfront Scene,


Elephants swimming in the Ohio? Read about it here.

And then there's this:

“A young alligator, fifteen inches long, and weighing two pounds,was caught in the Ohio, at
Petersburg, Boone county, a few days ago.” Louisville Daily Courier, November 7, 1855


Chambers and Grubbs

Petersburg River Beacon, June 20, 1928


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The Everett Lee at Petersburg, April of 1964. It ran earlier at Warsaw.
Thanks to Jim Leach for sending us these.

Chambers and Grubbs Steamer
The Pauline, of Petersburg Steamer with the Kentucky hills


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Steam Barge on the
Ohio, Petersburg

Steamers Bonanza and
Sunshine near Petersburg,
circa 1899

Excursion Boat near
Aurora, Indiana, 1929


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View of Three States from
 Aurora, Indiana
Aerial View of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and
 Eastern Boone County in the 1937 Flood
Looking across the Ohio
 from Aurora, c. 1910


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The Dart, at Stoney Point, opposite the mouth of the Miami River, September 20, 1896 Steamer Louisville at Aurora, 1911


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Hauling Water - if you didn't live near the Ohio River
January 19, 1911


For substantial portions of the Northern Kentucky Views Petersburg images,
 we are indebted to the E. Y. Chapin Library in Petersburg, and to Ms. Bridget
 Stiker, at the Hebron Branch of the Boone County Library