ohio river scenes


The Riverfront, 1906


The J. T. Hatfield II passing Maysville



Maysville Riverfront

Front Street, June and December

Looking up river, circa WWI

The Old Swimming Hole


from the left, that's the ferry Laurance; the Tacoma, which ran packet service from Cincinnati to Charleston; The Florinel, a pleasure craft owned by the ferry/wharf boat owner Con Phister;  and on the far right, The Hornet, which I'm told is shown here unloading watermelons.  c. 1906.

The Tacoma at the Maysville Wharf





Note the C&O tracks in this 1896 image of the Maysville waterfront


Daily packet service at Maysville in 1896 included the Courier (left) to Cincinnati; the Silver Wave (center) to Portsmouth; and the M. P. Wells, to Augusta.


Ice at the Maysville Wharf, unknown year.

Ohio River Scenes with Wharf Boat, 1912


Moonlight on the Ohio

Maysville, 1968

Floodwall Construction, 1953



Ele Bowen journeyed down the Ohio River in 1855, and made
sketches along his way.  This is his Maysville sketch.  You can read his entire
book - Rambles in the Path of the Steam-Horse - online at Google Books.

These two drawings are from 1821 ! 
 They're from Adlard Welby's  A Visit to North 
America and the English Settlements in Illinois
You can find the entire text on the Library of Congress' site, here
You must search for Maysville, Kentucky or Adlard Welby when you get there.

Scene of the Grand Union Barbeque, Maysville, 1861
  Read all about it, here


Lock & Dam No. 33,
August 1, 1918
under construction

Lock and Dam No. 33, opened
The first steamer, the Gield, went
 thru on March 1, 1922



The high water of 1917 had submerged the coffer dams at the construction of Lock
and Dam #33 below Maysville.  The Jim Wood waited for days, but when water had
subsided a little, the owners in Pittsburgh said to try to get her through, so the captain tried. 
 He was going upstream against a heavy current, and the pictures tell you the rest of the story.



Upriver from Mason County used to be Ohio River Islands, 1887
This 135 acre island was actively farmed for over 40 years by Manchester's Frank Cooley.
And then there was the time the Buckeyes used the island for a lynching, details  here.

 River erosion was a problem in 1876.  More here.


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

"Steamboats sometimes have odd things happen, and the second Buckeye State nearly was struck by a meteor on July 30, 1879. She was downbound at the time, in the first bend below Ripley, Ohio, and the pilot on watch was Eph Talbot. He saw the night sky illuminate to a brilliant purple and chanced to look back to determine the cause, when a sizzling missile from outer space whistled on a long slant downriver, right by the pilothouse, and landed in the river ahead of the steamboat. The captain emerged from his texas room in his long underwear to see what the commotion was, and Eph pointed to an agitated place in the river, now nearly alongside, where the water was hissing and boiling."
 -Capt. Frederick Way, Jr., writing in Vol. 60 of the Scholarly Journal of the Ohio Historical Society.
"A line of mail coaches was established from Wheeling to Limestone (Maysville), Ky., in July, 1794 to run once every two weeks.  These boats were built like whale-boats, were 24 feet long, were steered with a rudder, and were manned by one steersman, and four oarsmen, who carried muskets and ammunition."
from John Luther Ringwalt's 1888 Development of Transportation Systems in the United States.
 new Ice on the river is a major problem when it breaks.  Here's what happened in 1876.

Two killed in an ugly scene on the Ohio River in 1876, here.

The first under water telegraph cable is laid in 1852, story here.

A page of steamboat links can be found here.

Steamboat travel was not without its hazards:
newThe Steamer Phæton explodes near Mason  in 1881, story here. Story of the boiler explosion on the steamer Chautauqua, in Maysville, in 1871, here. (pdf)
   The burning of the
steamer Bostona No. 3, here (pdf)
new   The A. N. Johnson explodes near Maysville, here.

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