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Living and Working on the Kentucky River

Identifier:

0001-006-114

Description:

This project documents the economic and social conditions of people who have lived or worked on the Kentucky River.

Workers talk about several industries and occupations associated with the river: coal mining, locks and lock repair, logging, rafting logs downriver, sawmills, farming, fishing, oil drilling, and bootlegging. Many of the interviewees worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Several types of boats are discussed: showboats, steamboats, pleasure boats, ferry boats, barges, and various other kinds of commercial boats.

Narrators recall floods along the river, especially those in 1933, 1937, 1962, and 1978, and the ice tide during the winter of 1917--1918. Other topics are the droughts of 1930 and 1936; boat wrecks, drownings, and other river accidents; environmental concerns such as pollution of the river, dredging, and the ecology of the river basin; the history, including the geological history, of the Kentucky River and the Kentucky River Basin; the impact of the Great Depression and World War II on the area; social life and recreation; the river as depicted in fiction and poetry; and Paul Sawyier and his paintings.

Communities along the river that are discussed include Valley View, High Bridge, Shakertown, Boonesborough, and Oregon. Thomas D. Clark, Wendell E. Berry, and Thomas Fitzgerald are among those interviewed.

Items in the Living and Working on the Kentucky River Project

Combs reminiscences about rafting on Troublesome Creek and the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

Combs comments on rafting on the Upper Creeks of the Kentucky River.

Clark discusses interviewing and researching materials with persons along the Kentucky River for his book.

Tudor discusses the Depression and life on the Kentucky River at Valley View, Kentucky.

Horn discusses the Depression years and what life was like living on the Kentucky River.

Author discusses interest in "High Bridge" on Kentucky River.

Retired Lock Keeper discusses locks on the Kentucky River.

District Historian for the Corps of Engineers interviewed on a boat ride.

Perkins speaks of day to day life on the Kentucky River.

Short discusses farming and the use of wood on the Kentucky River.

Captain of a workboat discusses job on the Kentucky River.

Operator of the Beaumont Inn reminisces about family connections in Mercer County.

Director of River Operations discusses the history of Shakertown and its dependancy on the Kentucky River.

Retired Professor of Geology at the University of Kentucky discusses land mapping at the Kentucky River.

Retired State Highway Department Employee shares photographs, stories, and information regarding Kentucky River.

Shepherd speaks of connections with Kentucky River from her work with a gravel company.

Author and retired chairman speaks of rocks found in the Kentucky River.

Ison discusses his memories of the Kentucky River and his life in Shakertown.

Public Historian for the Corps of Engineers says that he has does not wish to see the Kentucky River change.

Napier discusses growing up on the Kentucky River and the role mining played in the area.

Long-time resident of Beatyville speaks of fishing and daily life along the Kentucky River.

Ashcraft speaks of life on the Kentucky River.

Nightingale discusses life on the Kentucky River and its landmarks.

Retired worker describes work life on the Kentucky River.

Life-long resident of St. Helen's, KY discusses life and work on the Kentucky River.

Employee of the Kentucky Stone Company discusses quary work and stones along the Kentucky River.

Brewer discusses family and tells stories of change on the Kentucky River.

Professor of Biology at Thomas Moore College discusses ecology of the Kentucky River Basin.

Employee of the Corps of Engineers discusses working his way up to operating a crane on the Kentucky River.

Lockmaster discusses locks and maintenance of locks on the Kentucky River.

Eastern Kentucky University alumnus discusses seeing rafts on the South Fork of the Kentucky River.

Howard discusses owning and operating ferry at Valley View which he has leased out since 1963.

Hudson speaks of growing up on the Kentucky River, eventually becoming a farmer.

Moore discusses growing up in the Oregon area on the Kentucky River.

Sams discusses her growing up years at Valley View and reminisces about her friends and neighbors.

Hardin discusses working on the Kentucky River for the Corps of Engineers since 1926.

Hopper speaks of eight years of work with the Corps of Engineers.

Coffey speaks of owning the Paul Sawyier Gallery, and the paintings of Paul Sawyer.

Finney speaks of several years of work on the Kentucky River.

McKinney discusses his personal work as well as the work of his family on the Kentucky River.

Dawson tells of life growing up in Gratz, Kentucky near the Kentucky River.

Son of Kentucky Utilities Company worker describes construction of Dix Dam.

Son of Kentucky Utilities Company worker describes construction of Dix Dam (continuation).

Harrod comments on music along the Kentucky River.

New speaks of growing up on the Kentucky River and living on a houseboat.

Renfro relates stories about his father, who worked on the Kentucky River.

Perkins discusses life at Valley View and her life on the Kentucky River.

Sewall speaks of work on a showboat and banjo playing.

Alcorn discussed life working on the Kentucky River.

Kelly speaks of operating a general store at Clay's Ferry for sixty years.

True speaks of meeting Paul Sawyier along the Kentucky River at Valley View.

Walters speaks of personal and family involvement in work on the Kentucky River.

Bourne speaks of life in Owen County and growing up in Monterey on the Kentucky River.

Johnson discusses growing up on the Kentucky River along with thirteen brothers and sisters.

Pittillo speaks of botany regarding the Kentucky River.

Strohmeier tells of operating a fishing camp and campground.

Tillett speaks of living on Shadrick Ferry on the Kentucky River in Franklin County.

Dalton speaks of work with the Corps of Engineers on the Kentucky River.

Morberly tells of work at the locks on the Kentucky Rivers.

Richardson tells of work on the Kentucky River.

McQueen discusses what life was like growing up on the Kentucky River.

Snyder speaks of many of her neighbors in the area and about the history of several points of interest.

O'Malley, an archaeologist tells of work in Boonesborough and shares thoughts on the town.

Proctor, an engineer, proposes a plan to improve the water quality of the Kentucky River.

Marcum tells of work on the Kentucky River.

Douthitt discusses in second interview life along the Kentucky River.

Gravett, Christian, and Bush tell of work as East Kentucky Power Cooperative employees.

Robinson discusses rafting on the Kentucky River.

Boat dock operator talks about the Kentucky River and his personal experiences in the area.

Miller talks of memories on the Kentucky River and how they impacted her life.

Farmer discusses the Kentucky River and the surrounding community.

McCauley speaks of living at Lock #10 of the Kentucky River for 35 years.

Sparks speaks of work on the Kentucky River for the Corps of Engineers.

Author discusses writing about the Kentucky River.

Retired Power House worker describes work life on the Kentucky and Dix Power Houses.

Ellis discusses work as a marine architect.

Douthitt tells of fishing and trapping on the Kentucky River.

Farmer from Estill County discusses memories of the Kentucky River.

Land discusses life on the Kentucky River and his family's connection with ferries on the River.

Spurr tells of life in Lockport, Kentucky, near Lock and Dam No. 2.

Retired railroad worker recalls several experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired farmer recalls memories of experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired Worker for Frankfort City Water Works recalls fond memories of experiences he had on the Kentucky River.

Attorney shares memories of farming on the Kentucky River bottoms as a child.

Retired Kentucky River worker tells of experiences.

Ashcraft discusses life on the Kentucky River and speaks of his father's work as a ferry operator.

EKU Alumni and agriculture consultant discuss the Kentucky River and how it impacted their lives in the Booneville-Beattyville area.

Callahan recalls his experiences on the Kentucky River.

Young recalls memories of being a lockmaster on the Kentucky River.

Attorney speaks of locks and government control on the Kentucky River.

Retired chemist from National Distilleries recalls fondest memories of experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired farmer tells of working on the Kentucky River.

Retired farmer and former logger discusses life and rafting on the Kentucky River.

Retired Estill County Clerk recalls fondest memories of experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired junkyard operator recalls several memories of his experiences on the Kentucky River.

Ashcraft discusses growing up on the Kentucky River and working for the Corps of Engineers.

Retired worker from the national distilleries speaks of trapping and fishing on the Kentucky River.

Retired Farmer and World War II Veteran discusses season of life on the Kentucky River.

Britton discusses memories and experiences on the Kentucky River.

Elder shares some memorable experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired logger tells of work on the South Fork of the Kentucky River.

Farmer and store owner recalls memories of the Kentucky River and how it played an important role in his life.

Retired boat dock operator and World War II Veteran recalls earliest recollections of the Kentucky River.

Housewife recalls fond memories of experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired Lockmaster tells of conditions of various locks on the Kentucky River.

Retired distillery employee recalls memories of experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired postal employee discusses conditions on the Kentucky River.

Rucker talks about the Kentucky River and her memories of living at Lock #3 in Guestville, Kentucky.

Gillock shares stories of grandfather who lived at Monterey on the Kentucky River.

Farmer talks about life and memories on the Kentucky River.

Sweat tells of family history in slavery and the Kentucky River.

Retired farmer and W.P.A. worker recalls several experiences on the Kentucky River.

Kentucky River enthusiast speaks of history of the Kentucky River.

Preston shares recollections of family's experiences on the Kentucky River.

Parks discusses experiences on the Kentucky River.

Owner of Ripy Transfer Lines recalls fondest memories of experiences on the Kentucky River.

Carter discusses family's experiences on the Kentucky River.

Retired carpenter and painter recalls memories of growing up on the Kentucky River.

Embry speaks of growing up at the Mowbray and Robison sawmill in Estill County, Kentucky.

Yount discusses memories of the Kentucky River.

Barber discusses the Kentucky River.

Retired teacher recalls life on the Kentucky River.

Hall discusses the Kentucky River and memories of connections with the River.

Byrd speaks of working for several years on the Kentucky River.

Life long resident of Owen County tells of life growing up on the Kentucky River.

Retired teacher tells of life in Henry County, Kentucky.

Retired Teacher and EKU alumnus speaks of growing up along Lock #1 and Lock #6.

Flynn speaks of family history at Boonesborough and along the Kentucky River.

Fullen reminiscences about growing up at Tyrone on the Kentucky River up through the 1920's.

Garrett reminiscences about growing up in Jackson, Kentucky on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in the 1920's and 1930's.

Gibson speaks of spending thirty years on the Kentucky River as a commercial fisherman.

Imel tells of life near the Kentucky River near the community of Perry Park.

Lair speaks of first eleven years of life on the Kentucky River at Valley View.

Roberts speaks of growing up in the area around the Kentucky River at Drennon between Locks #1 and #2.

Stevens tells of early years of his life spent in Estill County at the Mawbray & Robinson Sawmill where his father worked.

Wife of commercial fisherman tells of life near Gratz, Kentucky.

Postmistress tells of life and work at Perry Park on the Kentucky River for nearly forty five years.

Taulbee reminiscences about the flood of Frozen Creek in Breathitt County in July of 1939.

Tindall talks about the Kentucky River and the people he encountered.

Tuttle tells of growing up on the Kentucky River and his father's work as a toll keeper.

Chairman of the Kentucky River Authority

Commissioner, Kentucky Department Natural Resources and Director, Natural Areas, Eastern Kentucky University

Geologist with the Federal government shares information on work with Kentucky minerals.

Seale speaks of living for 90 years in Booneville, Kentucky.

Clements and Webster tell of family and personal history along the Kentucky River.

Kearns discusses life in the community of Doylesville in Madison County, near the Kentucky River.

Young discusses personal and family experiences on the Kentucky River.

Lock worker talks about recent work and repairs done on certain locks on the Kentucky River.

Allen speaks of experiences over the years along the Kentucky River.

Combs reminiscences about rafting on Troublesome Creek and the Northfolk of the Kentucky River.

Director of Kentucky Resources Council

Reporter, Lexington Herald Leader

Four ladies speak of day to day life on the Kentucky River.

Retiree from the Corps of Engineers discusses work on the Kentucky River.

The Lynch brothers discuss their time and work on the Kentucky River.

Retired military man speaks of childhood adventures on the Kentucky River.

Fint speaks of work as a fisherman and boat operator.

Smith speaks of civil engineer work for the Park Service Commission on High Bridge.

Welsh tells of long life on the Kentucky River in Estill County.

Witt reminiscences of growing up at the Mowbray & Robinson sawmill in West Irvine, Kentucky in the 1920's and 1930's.

Curator, Kentucky River Museum

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