History

The Ohio River is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at modern-day Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. It ends approximately 900 miles downstream at Cairo, Illinois, where it flows into the Mississippi River. It received its English name from the Iroquois word, “O-Y-O,” meaning “the great river“.

Below are several resources that can help you investigate and understand the rivers history.

OYO: an ohio river anthology; Don Wallis editor, Harlan Hubbard illustrator.

  • Volume II: River Journeys, 1988, OYO press, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Volume III: River Lives, 1990, OYO press, Yellow Springs, Ohio

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