ohio river scenes

Ohio River

Confluence of the Kentucky and the Ohio Rivers, c. 1910

 

Ohio River 

Ele Bowen's 1855 Sketch of Carrollton
Bowen went down the Ohio in 1855 and wrote about most of the
places he passed.  Read his description of Carrollton here.

Unfathomed Bottom

Unfathomed Bottom at Mouth of the Kentucky
Handwritten on the back: “1917. Ten miles below here is a place where they have never been able to find the bottom.”

 

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Ohio River Bend, 1914 The Mouth of the
Kentucky River, 1908
The Mouth of the
 Kentucky River, 1908

 

The steamer Hattie Brown passes a mussel shell fisherman,
“an industry of this section.“

 

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Foot of Fifth Street,
 Carrollton
View from Pineview,
home of W. E. Fisher
Coal Barges
near Carrollton

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“A big crowd collected on the river bank to see the elephant swim the river, but it was ferried over. Eight little boys, however, fell over the bank and were rescued with difficulty.” The Commonwealth, October 18, 1877, reprinting an item from the Carrollton Democrat.

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Fifth Street Landing, 1908
to Mrs. Forest More, North Vernon, Indiana. 
“You ought to see the different
kinds of people over here”
Confluence of the Ohio
& Kentucky Rivers,
1937 Flood

 

wharf boat

The Carrollton Wharf Boat, c. 1960's

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Flooding wasn't nearly the problem on the river that ice was: 

Nothing scared and worried the old river men more than ice. When the ice gorges broke, and they always broke, it was absolute terror to be on the river. You can get a real flavor for why in this account of the ice of 1877. The Carrollton  Democrat's account of the ice jam breaking loose two years later is here, and another account is here.
There was also bad ice in 1917-18. Pics and details on this page. “Carrollton, Ky., Nov. 26, - The Kentucky river came out on one of her greatest tears.  The barges at the coal yard of the Grobmyer Coal Co. and 200 fine saw logs belonging to the Adkinson Bros. were carried away.” 
 from Maysville's Daily Public Ledger, November 26, 1900

More info on the old and new Ohio River Locks and Dams is here.

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