Ken Downing said...
The trip down the river from Wheeling took 30 to 40 days and could only be done in the spring or fall. Winter the river froze and summer it was too shallow in many places for the flatboats to float. Then there was the Indians on the north side of the river. A constant threat.
On our trip to Washington D.C., we stopped in one place along I-68 in Maryland called "Sideling Hill". It was part of the original US 40 that way back in the 1700s formed part of the National Road. Still, as late as 1930, it was considered a dangerous crossing. To get across just this area you had to cross five mountains in just 40 miles. According to the markers put up, many stagecoaches fell off the side of the mountain, killing the passengers. And that's just one part of the trip. The entire journey from the civilized East coast to the frontier lands of Kentucky was not something you'd likely forget.
The frozen river mentioned reminded me that I had this picture bookmarked:
Doesn't that look like fun? The caption reads: "Despite warnings from police that rescue would be almost impossible, strollers get fish eye view as they walk across the ice on the Ohio River." The picture was taken January 19, 1977 in Cincinnati.
In response to our article The Thank God I Made It Town.