Towboat on the Ohio

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To get a personal look at what it's like to work on the Ohio River, newspaperman James E. Casto spent eight days aboard the Blazer as it traveled the Ohio from Huntington, West Virginia, to Pittsburgh, up the Allegheny and the Monongahela for a stretch, and then back to Huntington. Interwoven with the narrative of the trip upriver and back is the history of commerce on the Ohio - of how the flatboats and keelboats gave way to the steamboats and how, in turn, the steamboats were replaced by today's powerful, ...
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Overview

To get a personal look at what it's like to work on the Ohio River, newspaperman James E. Casto spent eight days aboard the Blazer as it traveled the Ohio from Huntington, West Virginia, to Pittsburgh, up the Allegheny and the Monongahela for a stretch, and then back to Huntington. Interwoven with the narrative of the trip upriver and back is the history of commerce on the Ohio - of how the flatboats and keelboats gave way to the steamboats and how, in turn, the steamboats were replaced by today's powerful, diesel-powered boats such as the Blazer. Casto details the development of the river's locks and dams and the efforts of the Corps of Engineers to modernize that aging system, a continuing story that is as current - and as controversial - as the newspaper that landed on your front step this morning. He throws in a generous dose as well of the colorful history of the communities that grew up along the river and were nurtured by it.
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Interwoven with the narrative of a trip up the Ohio River on the Paul G. Blazer towboat is the history of commerce on the Ohio, describing the transition from flatboats to steamboats to diesel- powered boats and detailing the development of the river's locks and dams and the efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers to modernize the system. Includes b&w photos and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Recounts not just a narrative of [Casto's] trip but also the colorful history of commerce on the Ohio, along with stories about the communities that grew up along the river and were nurtured by it." — Herald-Dispatch, The Ironton Tribune

"The leisurely voyage provides an occasion for reflection on the history and current condition of Ohio River navigation, engagingly delivered by a seasoned journalist of the region. James E. Casto was born by the riverside. He writes from a lifetime of observation, and from his heart." — Ken Sullivan, Editor, Goldenseal

"Our inland waterways and particularly the Ohio River system are crucial to the economic vitality of our region. In our fast-paced modern day lives, with the interstate highway bridges, it is easy to forget the importance of the river. Jim Casto's book recalls our attention to the life of the mighty Ohio in a personal and easy style. His book is a valuable addition to the lore and literature of the Ohio River." — Dan Lacy, Ashland Oil, Inc.

"Interweaving Ohio River history among his firsthand accounts of towboat travel and life, Towboat on the Ohio kept me turning the pages." — Molly Lightfoot Blom, Editor of HeartLand Boating

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813119168
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Ohio River Valley Ser.
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Casto, associate editor of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, has written articles on the Ohio River for several periodicals.

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