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I Wonder as I WanderThe Life of John Jacob Niles$
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Ron Pen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125978

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.001.0001

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The Families Gather at the River

The Families Gather at the River

(p.8) (p.9) 1 The Families Gather at the River
I Wonder as I Wander


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Portland was becoming a successful community whose economic opportunity and river access enticed many immigrants from Germany and Ireland to settle there. The city was a hive of distilleries, foundries, convents, saloons, schools, churches, mercantile shops, banks, warehouses, a vast cement factory, rail yards, lumberyards, furniture factories, and a horse-drawn ferry that crossed the river to New Albany. The inconvenience and financial cost of transportation to circumvent the falls finally compelled the city to build a canal around the falls connecting Portland directly to Louisville. In 1871 the canal was enlarged to accommodate the volume of traffic and the expanded size of the ships, but this also had the unfortunate effect of eventually bypassing Portland entirely. As the waterfront wharves and warehouses gradually became silent, John Jacob Niles's ancestors started assembling in Portland.

Keywords:   Portland, Germany, Ireland, Louisville, canal, John Jacob Niles

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