Afloat on the Ohio : An Historical Pilgrimage of a Thousand Miles in a Skiff, from Redstone to Cairo

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr

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Nineteenth-century American travel literature provides fascinating glimpses into the lives of ordinary people and into the history of the nation's settlement. Reuben Gold Thwaites's Afloat on the Ohio is a fine example of the genre, rich in Ohio River personalities, legends, and history as seen through Thwaites's eyes. His six-week journey by skiff covered a thousand miles from Redstone, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi. Thwaites's voyage echoes those taken by early explorers, pioneers, and settlers who opened up the West through river travel from the East.This edition is a reprinting of the original 1897 edition.

Author Biography

Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853-1913) was managing editor of the Wisconsin State Journal and secretary of the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

Table of Contents

On the Monongahela--The over-mountain path--Redstone Old Fort--The Youghiogheny--Braddock's defeat
First day on the Ohio--At Logstown
Shingis Old Town--The dynamiter--Yellow Creek
An industrial region--Steubenville--Mingo Bottom--In a steel mill--Indian character
House-boat life--Decadence of steamboat traffic--Wheeling, and Wheeling Creek
The Big Grave--Washington and Round Bottom--A lazy man's paradise--Captina Creek--George Rogers Clark at Fish Creek--Southern types
In Dixie--Oil and natural gas, at Witten's Bottom--The Long Reach--Photographing crackers--Visitors in camp
Life ashore and afloat--Marietta, "the Plymouth Rock of the West"--The Little Kanawha--The story of Blennerhassett's Island
Poor whites--First library in the West--An hour at Hockingport--A hermit fisher
Cliff-dwellers, on Long Bottom--Pomeroy Bend--Letart's Island, and Rapids--Game, in the early day--Rainy weather--In a "cracker" home
Battle of Point Pleasant--The story of Gallipolis--Rosebud -- Huntington -- The genesis of a houseboater
In a fog--The Big Sandy--Rainy weather--Operatic gypsies--An ancient tavern
The Scioto, and the Shawanese--A night at Rome--Limestone--Keels, flats, and boatmen of the olden time
Produce-boats--A dead town--On the Great Bend--Grant's birthplace--The Little Miami--The genesis of Cincinnati
The story of North Bend--The "shakes"--Driftwood--Rabbit hash--A side-trip to Big Bone Lick
New Switzerland -- An old-time river pilot -- Houseboat life on the lower reaches--A philosopher in rags--Wooded solitudes--Arrival at Louisville
Storied Louisville--Red Indians and white--A night on Sand Island--New Albany--Riverside hermits--The river falling--A deserted village--An ideal camp
Village life--A traveling photographer--On a country road--Studies in color--Again among colliers--In sweet content--A ferry romance
Fishermen's tales--Skiff nomenclature--Green River--Evansville--Henderson--Audubon and Rafinesque--Floating shops--The Wabash
Shawneetown--Farm-houses on stilts--Cave-in-Rock--Island nights
The Cumberland and the Tennessee--Stately solitudes--Old Fort Massac--Dead towns in Egypt--The last camp--Cairo
Historical outline of Ohio Valley settlement
Selected list of Journals of previous travelers down the Ohio
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