Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dam 50 Sign - Home again

When visitors visit River Side Park in Crittenden County, to camp, fish on the Ohio, have picnics or just sight seeing, many do not realize that it once was a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers dam location.  

When the dam was destroyed in Oct. 1980, everything pertaining to it's location was also removed, including the signs.  

One of the original signs that was located on Ky. 91 marking the location of the dam was stolen but later turned up.  Evidently someone that stole the sign decided it wasn't a good thing to have it for the sign was found sometime later in a nearby creek.  

The sign was then donated to the  Crittenden County Historical Society.  The society wanting this important part of our past history to be preserved and remembered helped in having the sign reset at the dam site close to where the lock house use to set. 

The red arrow on the sign now points to the spot on the Ohio River where the dam used to be located.

We truly lost some of our old history when Lock and Dam 50 was destroyed to make way for the new more modern and functional dam located at Smithland, Ky. 

Although the now Riverside Park is a little out of the way to get to, it is really a beautiful and scenic place to spend a Sunday afternoon having a picnic with family or friends with the mighty Ohio River as a background.

Pictures made Sept. 16th, 2012

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