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Pirates on the Ohio River

When we think pirates, we think one-eyed, one-legged, eye-patched swashbucklers on the high seas. It may surprise some that the Ohio River had its own share of pirates during the 19th century. While stories of pirates throughout this region are overshadowed by its Underground Railroad history, further down river pirate history is better known. For example, pirates set up shop at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, waylaid travellers on their way down the river, killed them, stole their goods, and scuttled their boats. Though it's unlikely that you'll find a pirate these days, you can always hitch a ride on the ferry boat that traverses the Ohio daily out of Augusta, Kentucky. If you want to let out an "ARRGGGH!", we won't tell.