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Taylorsport Store, 1951 Taylorsport Ferry Taylorsport, '37 Flood
From Facebook posts by Herbert Ginn


Camp Ernst 

Sprague's Store
From a Facebook post by G. H. Neville


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Earlier Taylorsport School   Later Taylorsport School


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Taylorsport Baseball Team, 1920
Players names are here.

Taylorsport.  We're guessing 1907 or 1913,
because of the high water.  It was normally
much lower than this.
Taylorsport, 1883

Taylorsport was established in 1827 and had a ferry crossing and a warehouse. Over the years, it has lost a street, a row of houses, and a cemetery to the waters of the Ohio.
“The steamer General Pike with government supplies went down the river yesterday and landed at Troutman's Ohio, Anderson's Ferry, Stringtown and Taylorsport. Ten to fifteen houses were washed away at each place. The destitution is great. Many of the sufferers are barefoot and scantily clad.” from the Jamestown, New York Evening Journal, 1884, obviously reprinting a wire story.


Taylorsport, Ky

Kentucky Legislature enlarges Taylorsport city limits, March 4, 1850

Newport's James Taylor, the “proprietor” of “Taylorsville,” offers it for sale, in an 1841 auction, here.

Newport's James Taylor, the “proprietor” of “Taylorsville,” offers it for sale, in an 1846 ad, here.

Taylorsport changes its named from Taylorsville.

Six pictures of the Hempfling House, near Taylorsport, are at the Library of Congress' site, here.
    “The Cincinnati Commercial of yesterday says Captain Charles David has concluded his repairs to the Dumont, and she looks like a new boat. He made a trial trip yesterday, and made the run from Taylorsport to the bridge in sixty minutes; a distance of eleven miles. Pretty good time for new cylinders. The Dumont will resume her trips in the Madison trade next Tuesday.” From the Louisville Daily Journal, May 25, 1866
Zurelbry rescues Phillips from death in Taylorsport; Phillips murders him. The Taylorsport - Delhi Ferry.
Taylorsport assassin. The harvest home fair.
Hammit Smith attempts fratricide. There was a Catholic Church in Taylorsport.

Six pictures of the Hempfling House, near Taylorsport, are at the Library of Congress' site, here.

Fallout from a drunken Delhi, Ohio card game leads to a shooting affray in Taylorsport, here.


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


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


Ice, 1917-1918 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


Petersburg, Kentucky Fernbank Dam

Fernbank Locks
Note 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.


Dam #38
Fernbank, 1932
Thanks to Travis Brown and Karl Lietzenmayer for this one

Construction to begin on the Fernbank Dam

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Fernbank dedication program is here and the engineering view is here. Both are pdf's.

Petersburg, Kentucky Petersburg, Kentucky Petersburg, Kentucky

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. More about the earlier series of Ohio River locks and dams is here. The Fernbank Indians were the source of the name.


The first steamer thru Fernbank was the Dixie, shown here docked in Memphis. Details.



The Ramona also claimed to be the first thru Fernbank, on July 22, 1911.

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.