Then and Now

“History repeats itself ... at a recent meeting the subject of river drift control was brought up. It has and will always be a concern on the Ohio River and especially the old public landing. ... The problem had to be addressed early on in the development of the Ohio River as a main logistics route before railroads became king. One solution from the late 19th century and early 20th century was to employ “snagboats.”  Simply put, a snagboat was a steamboat with an apparatus for removing impending debris, such as snags, from inland waterways. The attached image is of the U.S. Snagboat E.A. Woodruff taken approximately 1901. It was built in 1874 and operated on the Ohio River. It was decommissioned in the early 1920s and was used as a wharfboat in Louisville Kentucky. During its operations, it would travel from Cincinnati making trips covering areas from the Pennsylvania state line and to Wheeling West Virginia. Rising Sun was a normal stop on its routes. Local history matters.”

-Cliff Thies