Falls of the Ohio

Falls of the Ohio

Kentucky Geological Survey (circa 1928)

Falls of the Ohio

Falls of the Ohio

Falls of the Ohio

Historical Images of the old Falls of the Ohio before they were destroyed by the series of dams along the river.

This was the only hazard or drop in the river for its entire length.  It is the reason the city of Louisville was built and created where it now is.  To service river traffic around the falls.  It was a 26' drop in about a mile or so.

The park that services the old falls and the fossil beds that rest there is actually a Clark County, Indiana park, as you can not get to the falls from the Kentucky side.  The land is all owned by the Corps of Engineers when they bought there never ending easement and land for flooding of the river when building the dams.

Below is an old map showing the Falls of the Ohio:

Falls of the Ohio Map

Name Falls of the Ohio
Watercourse Ohio River
Height of Falls Was 26
Width of Falls -
# of Drops -
Type of Falls -
Upper Rock Layer  
Lower Rock Layer Sellersburg and Jeffersonville Limestones: Limestone
 Watershed Size (Acres) -
 Watershed Size (Sq Miles) -
Area of Face of Falls  -
Status Destroyed
Latitude 38.271987
Longitude -85.762442
Elevation 390.4
Land Owner US Army Corps of Engineers
Name of Land Falls of the Ohio State Park
County Jefferson
Azimuth -
Submitted by Christopher Morris

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