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0:58 - Locks

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Partial Transcript: Did you grow up with your brother on the river?

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about working on the locks and how the locks were constructed. He says that log rafts had trouble getting through the newer locks because they were not big enough.

Keywords: Lock construction; Lock master; Log rafts

Subjects: Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Kentucky River (Ky.) Timber rafting United States Army Corp of Engineers

14:06 - River life

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Partial Transcript: Back in about the early thirties, twenties and thirties, there used to be two packet boats run the Kentucky River.

Segment Synopsis: Dees recalls seeing packet boats and talks about the economic decline of river towns. He also tells stories about seeing D.B. carved into a tree and being told that Daniel Boone did it.

Keywords: Beach; Daniel Boone; Hanover; Lock Ten; Packet boat

Subjects: Boats and boating--Kentucky River (Ky.) River boats--Kentucky River (Ky.) River life--Kentucky River (Ky.)

18:38 - Accidents

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Partial Transcript: Which are the most dangerous locks on the river that you've been connected with?

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about watching men try to save a boat and a family that went over a dam (resulting in one death).

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Subjects: Boating accidents--Kentucky River (Ky.) Drowning victims--Kentucky River (Ky.) Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Kentucky River (Ky.)

44:39 - River men

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Partial Transcript: I've interviewed J.C. Thomas in Louisville.

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about various men and one woman who worked on the Kentucky River. He mentions the boats that they worked on.

Keywords: Dalton; Lynch, Patrick; Shepherd, Ann; The Brooklyn; The Kentuckian; Thomas, J.C.

Subjects: Boatmen--Kentucky River (Ky.) Boats and boating--Kentucky River (Ky.) River boats--Kentucky River (Ky.)

55:40 - Army Corp changes

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Partial Transcript: That was a big thing for the river, plus the sand.

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about how working for the Army Corp has changed over the years. He had a good relationship with a Colonel and believes that is why he was left alone but he says that other workers were harassed.

Keywords: Colonel; Work environment

Subjects: Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Kentucky River (Ky.) United States Army Corp of Engineers

65:44 - Floods

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Partial Transcript: ...a certain letter or something that identified them.

Segment Synopsis: Dees compares the floods of 1937, 1918, and 1963. He talks about his father helping other people during the early floods. He explains that his Grandfather was Syrian and immigrated to America.

Keywords: 1918; 1937; 1963; Flood preparations; Huckster wagon; Immigration; Syria

Subjects: Floods--Kentucky Kentucky River (Ky.)

72:17 - Coal

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Partial Transcript: You ever seen any coal moved on the river?

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about seeing coal being transported on the river.

Keywords: Coal; Ford, Kentucky; Gratz, Kentucky; Lock Eleven; Port Royal, Kentucky

Subjects: Barges--Kentucky Kentucky River (Ky.)

76:11 - River towns

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Partial Transcript: Who are some other people we might interview for this project?

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about the towns of Lockport and Guest. He says that Lockport was a rough town and at one point most of the town burned because of arson. He recalls that Guest was called Guestville and was small but had a post office. He talks about running a ferry for a beach near Lockport.

Keywords: Arson; Beach; Game warden; Guest, Kentucky; Guestville, Kentucky; Lockport, Kentucky; Monterey, Kentucky; Shooting; Thomas, Estill

Subjects: Ferries--Kentucky River (Ky.) Fishing--Kentucky River (Ky.) River life--Kentucky River (Ky.)

92:16 - Great Depression

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Partial Transcript: See, years ago, my dad, well it was right after when the Depression was still just about over, I think, if I'm not mistaken, anyway, the government was putting people to work.

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about his father working for the government cleaning a dam. He says that the supervisor "worked the men to death."

Keywords: Great Depression

Subjects: Dams--Kentucky Depressions--1929--Kentucky

100:30 - Lock construction

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Partial Transcript: Tell us about this picture you've got.

Segment Synopsis: Dees talks about how different locks along the river were constructed and when they were constructed.

Keywords: Falls City; Lock construction

Subjects: Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Kentucky River (Ky.) United States Army Corp of Engineers

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