Living and Working on the Kentucky River

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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.

Title

Living and Working on the Kentucky River

Collection Items

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.
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