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1:09 - Career

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Partial Transcript: How about your life working on the river?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks talks about his career working on the Kentucky River for the Army Corp of Engineers.

Keywords: Lock 8

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

9:50 - Floods

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Partial Transcript: That was before you started working there after the flood of 37?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks compares water levels of floods that he has experienced.

Keywords: 1937; 1964; 1978

Subjects: Floods--Kentucky Kentucky River (Ky.) United States Army Corp of Engineers

14:40 - Jobs and hiring

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall any fellows you worked with on the river that were lifetime veterans?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks talks about how the Corp of Engineers has changed who it is hiring. He also describes the differences in jobs that he worked. He says that they had to check a gauge every morning and that was when they were most likely to see a body of someone who had drowned.

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

20:03 - Boating accidents

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Partial Transcript: How'd you like living on the river?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks talks about several boating accidents that he witnessed. His son saved a man who went over a dam.

Keywords: Houseboat; Lock 4

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

30:29 - Potential contacts

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Partial Transcript: Are there any more old lock hands or river men still around, still alive, that you know about?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks lists men that he remembers working with, many of whom had already passed away.

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

33:27 - Salary

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Partial Transcript: Was the pay satisfactory?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks says that he made enough money to live on and he retired well. He also says that it was hard work with long hours.

Keywords: Salary; Wages

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

38:41 - Boat traffic

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Partial Transcript: What kind of traffic mostly, when you first started, went down the Kentucky?

Segment Synopsis: Sparks says that 99% of the traffic was from tourists and that most of them were from out of state. He also says that several barges went through.

Keywords: Donaldson Sand Company; Pleasure boat

Subjects: Barges--Kentucky Boats and boating--Kentucky River (Ky.) Dams--Kentucky Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Kentucky River (Ky.) United States Army Corp of Engineers

44:13 - Isaac Shelby's loan

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Partial Transcript: I want to tell you one other little story.

Segment Synopsis: Sparks says that Isaac Shelby borrowed money from his great-grandfather to build the first lock. His great-grandfather was sent to Ireland to hire stonemasons for the work.

Keywords: Ireland; Lock 1; Shelby, Isaac; Stonemasons

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

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