Clarksville in Clark County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Canal and Locks- As early as 1802, the expense and delay of hauling freight around the falls was so serious that several plans were proposed to overcome the obstacle. The Louisville and Portland Canal was begun in 1825 and the first boat passed through in 1830. Originally the canal was 1.9 miles long, 64 feet wide and had a total lift of 26 feet with a three flight lock system. Renovations over the years have resulted in a canal 500 feet wide and a 110' by 1200' lock chamber with a lift of 37 feet. Construction is currently underway to build a second 110' x 1200' chamber to facilitate current and future commercial traffic The Ohio River carries 40% of the commercial water traffic in the continental U.S., according to the U.S. Commerce Department. In 2000, 55.8 million tons of products worth more than $12 billion passed through the canal. Coal, petroleum, grain, chemicals, iron and steel make up most of the tonnage.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains the McAlpine Locks and Dam.
For more information on the history of the area, visit the Falls of the Ohio interpretive center.
Erected by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Location. 38° 16.586′ Touch for map. Located on the viewing deck of the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 W Riverside Drive, Clarksville IN 47129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History’s Great Explorers (within shouting distance of this marker); General LaFayette (approx. 1.2 miles away); Warder Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); General George Rogers Clark (approx. 1.2 miles away in Kentucky); Duty Honor Country (approx. 1.3 miles away); Louisville Wharf During The Civil War Years (approx. 1.3 miles away in Kentucky).
Also see . . .
1. Falls of the Ohio Organization. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Falls of the Ohio State Park, Indiana Department of Natural Resources. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Falls of the Ohio State Park on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.