Hundreds of drivers pass by it or over it each day. Barges transport coal and goods up and downstream. Fishermen and kayakers enjoy recreation time there. It is the Ohio River – the “beautiful Ohio” – and a significant part of our history, commerce and culture.
Beginning on Monday, Oct. 2, Historic Fort Steuben presents a new exhibit on the river, Riverboats on the Ohio- from Canoes to Showboats: A Century of Change. Consisting of educational panels, models, music and other information, the exhibit gives an overview of the Ohio River in history, the development of river transportation, and its impact on commerce and culture particularly in Steubenville and the upper Ohio Valley.
An opening program will be held on Monday, Oct. 2 at pm. Guest speaker Thom Way will tell tales of the river and the riverboats with information collected by his great-uncle, Fred Way.
The exhibit was developed by Historic Fort Steuben with funding in part by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and will run through October 14.