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 ====== Lock and Dam 38 ====== ====== Lock and Dam 38 ======
-In the 1910s the Louisville office of the Army Corps of Engineers began construction of a series of small, low-level, navigation dams along the [[Ohio River]]. ​ As part of this effort, Lock and Dam 38 was built in [[McVille]] beginning in 1926.  [[Boone County]] residents welcomed the construction jobs, although the presence of African-American workers from other areas of the state caused some racial tension. ​ The dam also flooded some farmland and a small island used for picnics and camping.+In the 1910s the Louisville office of the Army Corps of Engineers began construction of a series of small, low-level, navigation dams along the [[Ohio River]]. ​ As part of this effort, Lock and Dam 38 was built in [[McVille]] beginning in 1926.  [[Boone County]] residents welcomed the construction jobs, although the presence of [[African-Americans|African-American]] workers from other areas of the state caused some racial tension. ​ The dam also flooded some farmland and a small island used for picnics and camping.
  
 In addition to the dam itself, the complex included four bungalow dwellings for workers, a lock house, storage buiildings and a water tank.  The dam site soon became a popular gathering place for local residents, who liked to sit on benches, enjoy the cool river breezes and watch pleasure boats "​locking through"​ the dam. In addition to the dam itself, the complex included four bungalow dwellings for workers, a lock house, storage buiildings and a water tank.  The dam site soon became a popular gathering place for local residents, who liked to sit on benches, enjoy the cool river breezes and watch pleasure boats "​locking through"​ the dam.
  
 During the 1960's the small dams of the 1910's and 1920's were replaced by largher and more sophisticated structures. ​ When the high-level Markland Dam was finished in 1962, Lock and Dam 38 was blown up; only a concrete walkway and small jetty now mark its place. ​ The dam buildings were then turned into a boys' home, then a women'​s prison and halfway houses. ​ Dam construction also raised the river level from a pool of 16 to 26 feet, leaving the Front Streets of [[Belleview]] and McVille underwater. During the 1960's the small dams of the 1910's and 1920's were replaced by largher and more sophisticated structures. ​ When the high-level Markland Dam was finished in 1962, Lock and Dam 38 was blown up; only a concrete walkway and small jetty now mark its place. ​ The dam buildings were then turned into a boys' home, then a women'​s prison and halfway houses. ​ Dam construction also raised the river level from a pool of 16 to 26 feet, leaving the Front Streets of [[Belleview]] and McVille underwater.
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