From 1900 to 1930, the Ohio River provided the most economical and reliable means of transporting goods and people from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Louisville, Kentucky, and to the dozens of towns that lay between. This fascinating pictorial history gives a glimpse into that area’s past and its extensive river heritage. A Sunday cruise down the Ohio River could be pleasant, but traveling the waters was not always easy. Spring floods reached far inland, disrupting homes and businesses and putting pilots’ navigational skills to the test in swiftly-moving water filled with floating debris. Ice wreaked havoc on boats and shore facilities in the winter. Low water in the summer often brought navigation to a halt. Yet the importance of the boats was such that they endured and served the area faithfully until hard times and a new reliance on trucks and automobiles ended the packet trade in the early 1930s. The author shares stories of those who lived when steam whistles announced the boats’ arrival at towns along the river route.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.