Fall '07

A letter from the President

By David G. Barber

Following up on the book review by Bill Trout on Johnson & Parrish’s new book on the Louisville & Portland Canal in the last issue of American Canals, I’ve stumbled across the subject of ebooks. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, these are books that are entirely available on the internet. If you want a copy, all you have to do is download the file, which might take some time. But, the advantage is that no one has to make an investment (at least a new one) in printing. If you want a paper copy, you can use your printer after the download.

So far, I’ve learned of three navigation titles. The first two are about the Kentucky River and are available as an pdf downloads at http://www.nandwphoto.com  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".

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 this web site . 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. 

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 This is an unpublished work, but can be downloaded at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/history/the_old_locks.htm .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.

I’ve added a page about these to the ACS web site. If anyone knows of others, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

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