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0:52 - History of Warwick

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Partial Transcript: We come from a long line of river rats.

Segment Synopsis: Preston talks about the rise and fall of Warwick, Kentucky (later known as Oregon.) She says that it was settled and used as a port for farmer's to ship their products. It had a hotel, distilleries, a church, stores, and a cooper shop. When the distillery closed, the town began to shut down.

Keywords: Warwick, Kentucky

Subjects: Distilling Oregon (Ky.) River life--Kentucky River (Ky.)

7:51 - Family history

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Partial Transcript: At any rate, to get back a little further, my family first came here...

Segment Synopsis: Preston talks about her family settling in Oregon. They lived off of the river by fishing. She also talks about them communicating over long distances using dinner bells.

Keywords: Warwick, Kentucky

Subjects: Fishing--Kentucky River (Ky.) Oregon (Ky.)

14:14 - Squire Preston

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Partial Transcript: At any rate, her son and my great-grandaddy was named Squire Jordan Preston.

Segment Synopsis: Preston tells stories about her great-grandfather who was a river boat captain. She talks about him scaring a crew member who used to steal from people along the river.

Keywords: Paddlewheel; River boat captain; Sheets, John

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

26:29 - Ghost stories

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Partial Transcript: On a lighter note, down through that good old Kentucky River Gorge, there are some ghost tales.

Segment Synopsis: Preston tells a few ghost stories that were told to her by members from both sides of her family.

Keywords: Carr; Preston's Landing; White dog; Woodford County, Kentucky

Subjects: Oregon (Ky.) River life--Kentucky River (Ky.)

33:44 - Distillery fire

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Partial Transcript: Now, in more recent times the story, my favorite, favorite story is about the time, I think it was in the 1930s, that the Camp Nelson distillery burned.

Segment Synopsis: Preston talks about a local distillery fire that ran into the river and made the fish drunk. People went out in boats and caught the fish and put them in creeks as stock.

Keywords: Camp Nelson, Kentucky; Distillery fire

Subjects: Distilling Fishing--Kentucky River (Ky.) Oregon (Ky.)

37:21 - Decline in river use

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Partial Transcript: As far as our connection with the Kentucky River, things started going downhill.

Segment Synopsis: Preston talks about the Oregon Ferry closing and how that cut off the community of Oregon from the other side of the river. She says that there was little logging so nature has been preserved. She claims that the river needs to stay accessible for commerce and recreation.

Keywords: Foot boat; Jon boat; Nature preserve; Oregon Ferry

Subjects: Boats and boating--Kentucky River (Ky.) Ferries--Kentucky River (Ky.) Oregon (Ky.)

47:21 - Oregon's name

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, where did Oregon get its name?

Segment Synopsis: Preston says that she was told that the town was named Oregon because many people disembarked from there to the Oregon territories. She had also been told that it was a corruption of the name "Warwick."

Keywords: Warwick, Kentucky

Subjects: Kentucky River (Ky.) Oregon (Ky.)

49:03 - Drowning

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Partial Transcript: Another question too, do you know of any drowning incidents?

Segment Synopsis: Preston says that children were taught to swim at an early age. When barges were being constructed, children were taught to swim inside of them because they were like little pools. She does talk about one man who drowned at a nearby lock.

Keywords: Barge construction; Swimming

Subjects: Barges--Kentucky Drowning victims--Kentucky River (Ky.) Oregon (Ky.)

52:44 - Floods

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Partial Transcript: Were there any tides or stories relevant to high tides, ice tides, etc. that you've heard?

Segment Synopsis: Preston talks about the flood damage that occurred during the floods of 1937 and 1978. She says that the water level was higher in 1978 because Dix Dam held back Herrington Lake and let loose a lot of water all at once.

Keywords: 1937; 1978; Dix Dam; Flood clean-up; Flood damage; Herrington Lake

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

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