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The Ohio River circa 1905. "The levee -- Louisville, Kentucky." This barge was last seen here; the large barrel-like containers are hogsheads of tobacco. At left, the bow of the sternwheeler Georgia Lee in a continuation of this view. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.