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Louisville District celebrates release
of new book on the Falls of the Ohio

Staff Report

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, Ind.

Triumph at the falls

Triumph 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 interest.
“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 for all.”
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 District’s 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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