District celebrates release
of new book on the Falls of the Ohio
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 2007) The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, has released a new history
book, Triumph at the Falls: The Louisville and Portland Canal,
about the Falls of the Ohio, located between Louisville and Clarksville,
at the Falls
Authors Dr. Leland Johnson, a historian specializing in
USACE history, and Chuck Parrish, longtime historian with the Louisville
District, held a book signing in March and will be making additional
appearances in the area in the near future.
The book traces the efforts in the past 200 years to provide safe navigation
around the Falls of the Ohio River and examines the many locks and dams
built at the location. Numerous images contained in the book illustrate
navigation, construction methods, boat traffic, floods in the area,
the U.S. Lifesaving Station in Louisville and other topics of river
This book reveals the history of many projects to provide for
navigation safety and efficiency at the Falls of the Ohio, said
Col. Raymond G. Midkiff, Louisville District commander. The reception
is a great chance to learn about the Ohio River, a major part of our
lives here in Kentuckiana, and receive the history book that explains
the Corps effort to keep the most dangerous place on the river safe
The Louisville District covers 76,000 square miles for water resources
development defined by drainage basins in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky,
Ohio and Tennessee. For support to military installations, the district
comprises 306,000 square miles in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan
and Ohio. The Louisville Districts fiscal year 2007 budget is
approximately $1.3 billion.
The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center is
located at 201 W. Riverside Dr. in Clarksville. For more information,
call (502) 315-7093.
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