Charles Parrish, will speak on the history of navigation development on the Ohio River from the settlement period to the present, including the use of primitive craft, steamboats, and today's powerful towboats, which move millions of tons of cargo each year. Improvements in navigation conditions by the construction of locks and dams will be included, along with the economic impact of the use of barges to efficiently and safely move commodities by water. As a sidelight, he will touch on the cultural influence of the steamboat era.
Charles "Chuck" Parrish is a retired historian with the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He worked with Dr. Leland Johnson on numerous Corps and Ohio River history projects for nearly 40 years. Most recently, he has served as a consultant to the Rivers Institute at Hanover College.