e-Books on Canals & Navigations

ACS has learned that several books about canals and navigations that are either out of print or never printed are available on the internet as pdf downloads. While these downloads may take some time due to the size of the files, they do offer a way to get the book and without any cost. So far, the list is as follows:

Kentucky River

In the book, "The Falls City Engineers," by Leland Johnson, a district history published by the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a forty page Appendix "Up River to the Three Forks: Kentucky River Project Construction, 1836 - 1917". This Appendix is available as an pdf download at http://www.nandwphoto.com 

In 1999, Leland Johnson and Charles Parrish had a longer history of the Kentucky River navigation, "Kentucky River Development: The Commonwealth's Waterway," published also by the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This out of print book is also available as an pdf download at http://www.nandwphoto.com  . However, the download is only 233 pages and at last check was missing 13 pages in the middle. There should be 246 pages in the file. Steps are being made to correct this problem. 

Cumberland River

On the web site of the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an 84 page pdf download "Subduing the Cumberland: A History of the 'Old' Locks and Dams on the Cumberland River". This is an unpublished work, but can be download at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/history/the_old_locks.htm . I found that this site is not available outside of normal business hours.

New Orleans District

On the web site of the New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a page on history which mainly features the book  Land's End  A History of the of the New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and its Life Long Battle with the Lower Mississippi and other Rivers Wending their Way to the Sea, 1975, by Albert E. Cowdrey. While the book can be acquired in hard cover from the district, pdf files of the pages and maps are also listed on the page. http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/history/LandsEnd.htm

New York Canals

Early in the 20th Century, the state engineer's office of New York published two studies by Noble Whitford. The first is a study in two volumes of the history of the state's canals plus the history of other canals. This was in preparation for legislation for the Barge Canal project. The second is the history of the Barge Canal.

The first volume of the first work is written history. The second volume is mostly tables.

History of the canal system of the state of New York, together with brief histories of the canals of the United States and Canada, 1906

History of the Barge Canal of New York State,  1921

These are available at: http://www.eriecanal.org/history.html

Clicking on the above will link to the works.

Also, the New York State Archives has digitized some of the early surveys for the Erie Canal and New York State's Lateral Canals. These are listed under the Holmes Hutchinson Survey maps 1832-1843. These can be found at  http://iarchives.nysed.gov/PubImageWeb/listCollections.jsp?id=68615

Sandy & Beaver Canal

The book, The Sandy & Beaver Canal, by Max Gard and William Vodrey, Jr., is available on CD from the Sandy & Beaver Canal Association for $ 17 (including postage) from John Horn, 1310 Fairview Avenue, Salem, Ohio 44460

St. Paul District

On the web site of the St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a section on history which includes downloadable files of the original history: Creativity, Conflict & Controversy by Raymond H. Merritt and a later update,  Steward of Headwaters: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, 1975-2000, by Theodore Catton and Matthew C. Godfrey. These files can be downloaded from http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/history/default.asp?pageid=1170  (Added 11/15/07)

Revised 9/25/13