Ohio River, The

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Author: John Ed Pearce

The French called it La Belle Rivière, the beautiful river. To the Indians it was Oyo, the great water. We know it as the Ohio, one of America’s great rivers. Here͞­­­­­­­­­­ --- in haunting words and pictures –is the story of that river and of the people and places along its shores.

From its birth at Pittsburgh in the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, the Ohio flows nearly a thousand miles, gathering the waters of its tributaries, carving a pathway through the land, giving rise to cities, forming the boundaries of five states, and finally emptying into the Mississippi to complete its journey to the sea.

This powerful river flows through the years of America’s history. It shaped that history and culture, even the character, of those who followed the river’s lure in the eighteenth century and those who make their homes beside it today. No river has played a larger role in the settlement of our country or in its development. It was the first great pathway to the West, the trail of danger, the highway of hope. It still echoes the adventure of yesterday as it surges with the trade of today.

Drawn by the power of this great river, writer John Ed Pearce and photographer Richard Nugent have traveled the Ohio from Pittsburgh to Cairo and back, seeking out the scenes, the echoes of history, the rhythms of life of those who call the Ohio home or neighbor. This book is the record of their discoveries --- on the river itself and in the villages and cities and farmlands that form its shores. The Ohio today flows through the industrial heartland of America history. Now readers everywhere can join this odyssey through time.