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An Eye on the Lower Muskingum: River improvements high maintenance

October 12, 2013
The Marietta Times

Once the dams, locks and canals were constructed during the late 1830s and early 1840s, the mighty Muskingum River became one of the first slack water navigation systems in the United States. It remains one of the few rivers that still have hand operated locks similar to the ones originally used. It was a monumental task to build the improvements and maintenance over the years has been very costly in both money and lives. There have been breaks, washouts, "fill ins"-a constant struggle with the ferocious river.



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