Louisville and Portland Canal Today- A Hidden Treasure


In 1830 the Louisville and Portland Canal opened for business. Until then the only way down the Ohio River was through the Falls of the Ohio. These were a series of rapids that had to navigated by experienced river men. During the course of the rapids the river dropped 26 feet and was a very dangerous trip.

To read more about the exciting things happening at McAlpine Locks and Dam today visit:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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One comment on “Louisville and Portland Canal Today- A Hidden Treasure

  1. The Portland Canal and the McAlpine lock are rich in history. When the first steamboat traveled down the Ohio River in 1811 they had to wait for just the right river conditions to pass Louisville and the Falls of the Ohio, and even then it was a risky journey. This was before the canal and lock was built. I have passed through the McAlpine lock often and when I do I think about the difficulties that mariners had before this was built.

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