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===Historical Background===
 
===Historical Background===
The Louisville and Portland Canal was and still is a two mile canal bypassing the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville Kentucky.  It opened in 1830.
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[[Image:Louisville-Portland canal.jpg|thumb|350px|right|<center>Louisville-Portland Canal</center>]]
The Louisville and Portland Canal was built to bypass The Falls of the Ohio located at Louisville, Kentucky.  These falls are the only natural obstruction on the Ohio River.  <br>
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*The Louisville and Portland Canal was and still is a two mile canal bypassing the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville Kentucky.  It opened in 1825.<br><br>
Since the falls could only be navigated by boat at high water, business sprang up unloading boats coming down from upstream at the top of the falls, portaging goods and/or settlers the two miles pass the falls to be loaded on other boats at the base of the falls to continue downstream towards Saint Louis and New Orleans.<br>
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*The Louisville and Portland Canal was built to bypass these falls, which are the only major natural navigational barrier on the Ohio River.  The Falls are a series of rapids where the river drops about 26 feet in a stretch of about 2 miles.<br><br>
It was the advent of the steamboat that spurred the need for a canal to bypass these falls so that that goods and people could journey Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, all the way to New Orleans without having to change boats or modes of transportation.
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*Since the falls were a natural barrier and could only be navigated by boat at high water, business sprang up at the top of the falls unloading boats coming down from upstream, portaging goods and settlers the two miles pass the falls to be loaded on other boats at the base of the falls to continue their journey downstream towards Saint Louis and/or New Orleans.<br><br>
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*The construction of the canal was spurred by the desire to able to move goods and people from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, all the way to New Orleans or in the other direction without having to change boats or modes of transportation.
  
 
===Route===
 
===Route===
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===Settlers and Records===
 
===Settlers and Records===
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There are no known records of movement through this canal.  One will have to look in other records of traffic on the Ohio River for information of movement of people up and down this river.
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===Websites===
 
===Websites===
[[http://alternapedia.net/wiki.pl?Special:WhatLinksHere/Louisville_and_Portland_Canal Alternapedia]
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*[http://alternapedia.net/wiki.pl?Special:WhatLinksHere/Louisville_and_Portland_Canal Alternapedia]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisville_and_Portland_Canal Wikipedia - Louisville and Portland Canal]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisville_and_Portland_Canal Wikipedia - Louisville and Portland Canal]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Louisville Wikipedia – Portland, Louisville]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Louisville Wikipedia – Portland, Louisville]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/canals/ Cyndi’s List of Canals, Rivers and Waterways]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/canals/ Cyndi’s List of Canals, Rivers and Waterways]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canals Wikipedia - Canals]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canals Wikipedia - Canals]
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Revision as of 17:26, 5 February 2013

Historical Background

Louisville-Portland Canal
  • The Louisville and Portland Canal was and still is a two mile canal bypassing the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville Kentucky. It opened in 1825.

  • The Louisville and Portland Canal was built to bypass these falls, which are the only major natural navigational barrier on the Ohio River. The Falls are a series of rapids where the river drops about 26 feet in a stretch of about 2 miles.

  • Since the falls were a natural barrier and could only be navigated by boat at high water, business sprang up at the top of the falls unloading boats coming down from upstream, portaging goods and settlers the two miles pass the falls to be loaded on other boats at the base of the falls to continue their journey downstream towards Saint Louis and/or New Orleans.

  • The construction of the canal was spurred by the desire to able to move goods and people from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, all the way to New Orleans or in the other direction without having to change boats or modes of transportation.

Route

As mentioned it is only two miles long located next to Louisville, Kentucky. It has been in operation since its opening in 1830 and still is important in river traffic today.

Settlers and Records

There are no known records of movement through this canal. One will have to look in other records of traffic on the Ohio River for information of movement of people up and down this river.

Websites

Links to other canals and river histories: