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Old Iron Sides: 1907

Old Iron Sides: 1907

Circa 1907. "Cincinnati -- Mount Adams across Ohio River from Covington, Kentucky." With a view of the sternwheeler Iron Sides pushing a coal barge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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More than one barge in the tow

Iron sides is pushing at least 8 barges and has one on each side for at least 10 total.

Re: Steering

Stopping is accomplished by backing the wheel, which requires a bit of distance and good knowledge of the river and its conditions. Steering is done by 2 or more rudders located forward of the wheel and below the water line. Some boats had additional rudders aft of the wheel.


How on earth can you steer (or stop) a barge of that weight and length with a sternwheeler? Actually how do you steer a sternwheeler anyway? Does it has rudders? I'd love to know.

Also still standing

That large building (with the small tower) on top of Mt Adams is an old monastery. It's still standing. It's an event center -

Yes, the view is from Covington.

She's seen some water

Iron Sides may still be pushing, but her port decks are about to collapse.

Looks good for her age.

Iron Sides was built in 1869 at Pittsburgh, Pa. Rebuilt in 1912 and renamed W.K. Field. She ran until 1927. Courier was built in 1885 at Belle Vernon, Pa. and dismantled in 1918. Georgia Lee built at Jeffersonville, Ind. in 1898, destroyed by ice in 1918.

Riverboat ID's

Courier, Iron Sides, Georgia Lee.

Still Standing

The Rookwood Pottery, the large building to the left of the Incline, is now used as a restaurant.

Newport Kentucky?

Isn't this view actually from Newport? Seems like Covington is kind of far down the river for this view.

Here's a link to some great old pictures of the incline railway you can see in this photo.

The Church of the Steps

The only structure still in existence is the historic Holy Cross Immaculata Church atop Mount Adams on the right. Known as "The Church of the Steps" because of the 400 steps leading up to it.

Herancourt Brewing Company

Opened 1881 but was meant to only last another 12 years after this pic was taken.

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