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Posted 3/16/2007

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A reception for the release of a new history book by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District will be at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center on March 22 at 6 p.m.

Copies of the book “Triumph at the Falls: The Louisville and Portland Canal” will be available for signing by the authors, Dr. Leland Johnson, a historian specializing in USACE history and Chuck Parrish, longtime historian with the Louisville District. Johnson and Parrish will also discuss the history of navigation improvements at the Falls of the Ohio River.

The book traces the efforts in the past 200 years to provide safe navigation around the Falls of the Ohio River and examines the many locks and dams built at the location. Numerous images contained in the book illustrate navigation, construction methods, boat traffic, floods in the area, the U.S. Lifesaving Station in Louisville and other topics of river interest.

"This book reveals the history of many projects to provide for navigation safety and efficiency at the Falls of the Ohio," said Col. Raymond G. Midkiff, Louisville District commander. "The reception is a great chance to learn about the Ohio River, a major part of our lives here in Kentuckiana, and receive the history book that explains the Corps effort to keep the most dangerous place on the river safe for all.”   

The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center is located at 201 W. Riverside Dr. in Clarksville, Ind. 

The District covers 76,000 square miles for water resources development defined by drainage basins in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. For support to military installations, the District comprises 306,000 square miles in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The Louisville District’s fiscal year 2007 budget is approximately $1.3 billion. 

UPDATE As of January 2011, the Louisville District has no copies of Mr. Parrish's book Triumph at the Falls available for distribution.