What did the rivermen think of this wing dam? Not much.
Blacksmith Darby Davis (1886-1955) and his wife Mae, were shanty boat dwellers on the Ohio. The Island Queen is visiting the Madison-Milton area in this 1930 photo by Harry Leman.
|View of the Ohio River
from Longview Inn,
near Milton, Kentucky
|The Ohio River,
of the River
If we drove our horse over the ice to the middle of the Ohio River, we'd stop to have our picture taken too. 1917
Remember when the Licking River flowed north to Hamilton, Ohio, and the Kentucky River turned northeast at Carrollton and headed for Cincinnati? No? That’s because you were born after the last glacier left the area. Read all about it, here.
|“At Milton, Ky., the Ohio river is frozen over,
the ice being ten inches thick. For nearly a week about a
score of teams has been engaged in hauling grain across from
Madison. Today, the 10,000 pound boiler for the flour mill of
Hartford Bros. was brought across on a sled drawn by two horses.”
from Marion, Kentucky's Crittenden Press, February 9, 1905
|Remember when you could walk across the river to Madison on the hill, and the Kentucky River turned northeast at Carrollton and headed for Cincinnati? No? That's because you were born after the last glacier left the area. Read all about pre-glacial Northern Kentucky, here.||Extremely low water in the Ohio in 1895 was a boon for a number of Milton citizens, who used it as an opportunity to take tons of coal from sunken barges.|
|“Milton, Ky., Feb. 8  - The strange sight of a funeral procession crossing the Ohio river on the ice was witnessed here. Mrs. Elizabeth Holsclaw, 80, died at Kent, Ind., and as she lived at this place, it was determined that the interment should be in the cemetery here.” from the Warsaw Independent, February 11, 1905.|
|“The steamer Rochester, bound hence to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, in attempting to land at Eagle Hollow, four miles above this city, last night, to lay by until the fog rose, struck a snag or a stone under water, and sunk in ten minutes. No lives lost. The Rochester lies with her bow on the shore and her stern under water, water half way up in the ladies cabin.” from Vevay's Indiana Reveille, December 14, 1859, quoting the Madison Courier of the 8th.|
|Found. On the river bank, in 1817.||
“Mr. Hamel, an old gray-haired man, residing on the river bank in Trimble County, opposite Madison, has been notified by the Ku-Klux to depart. He says he is not ready. ” Evansville (Ind.) Journal, February 15,1870
|There were a series of dams built along the Ohio River from 1910 through the 1920's, and later replaced by today's larger dams. The earlier series didn't raise the river levels nearly as much as today's dams have. Original plans called for Dam #40, in the first series, to be built just above Milton, but the Louisville lock and dam provided a higher pool level than anticipated, and the dam above Milton was abandoned in the fall of 1929. More info on the old and new Ohio River Locks and Dams is here.|