Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gallipolis Island

I see where the Fish and Wildlife Service has approached the city commission of Gallipolis, Ohio, about buying Gallipolis Island, a little five-acre island that lies just off the Ohio shore but, because of the way these things are figured, is really in West Virginia.

According to the article, the island is about five acres, although it used to be 88 acres. If that's the case, it must have been a pretty big place before the dams raised the river levels and erosion set in.

The article mentions that someone else owns the mineral rights to the island. About 30 years ago, I did a phone interview with the company that owned the rights. It wanted to dredge the island to get the sand and gravel there. The owner of the company told me the city owned the top of the island and he owned the bottom, and he wanted to take his part. But the island is still there.

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