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 1: Movement and Place, 1987, OYO press, Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Volume II: River Journeys, 1988, OYO press, Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Volume III: River Lives, 1990, OYO press, Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Shantyboat: A River Way of Life – Hubbard, Harlan. Published by University Press of Kentucky (1977)
- The Original Boatload of Knowledge Down the Ohio River: William Maclure’s and Robert Owen’s Transfer of Science and Education to the Midwest, 1825-1826
- Four Months in a Sneak-Box; A BOAT VOYAGE OF 2600 MILES DOWN THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS, AND ALONG THE GULF OF MEXICO. By Nathaniel H. Bishop, 1879
- Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society, Hubbard, Harlan Published by Gnomon Distribution (1985)
- That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley
Allan W. Eckert – 2011
- The Ohio River: In American History and Voyaging on Today’s River, Rick Rhodes, Bill Byrnes – 2007
- That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley,
Allan W. Eckert 2011