Monday, April 11, 2016


There are several places along the Ohio River here in the Huntington area -- let's say from the mouth of the Guyandotte River to around the mouth of the Big Sandy -- where old chains are anchored into the bank but which apparently have not been used for decades.

It's been 55 years since the Greenup Locks and Dam finished raising its pool, and I'm guessing some of these things predate that event. But I still wonder who put them there and when, for how long they were used and what kinds of boats or barges tied up to them.

We have a good deal of history about boats but not near enough about the ancillary things that went along with commerce in the old days. And there are records that exist that I would love to get ahold of, such as the log books of Lock and Dam 27 or the Gallipolis Locks and Dam from the early 1960s.

So much for the bucket list, and so little access ...