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Program 714

1. the McAlpine Locks and Dam
2. Four Roses Distillery
3. Kentucky Horseshoeing School
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Jefferson County

For more information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, (502) 315-6766

Producer, videographer: Treg Ward

A Lock on Shipping

McAlpine Locks and Dam

The Falls of the Ohio never ranked with the world’s great waterfalls; their largest drop at any point was about four feet. But they were enough to require 18th-century ship passengers to get off and go around (and found Louisville). The first big engineering project undertaken to get Ohio River traffic around this obstruction was a canal. Completed in 1830, the Louisville and Portland Canal used three locks—watertight chambers in which the water level can be raised or lowered to “step” a ship to the next level—to get boats past the falls.

Over the decades since, a dam for generating hydroelectric power from the falls was added and the system of locks expanded, first by a private company and then by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1960, the structures were renamed the McAlpine Locks and Dam in honor of William McAlpine, the only civilian to have served as district engineer for the Corps at Louisville.

Today, the main chamber at McAlpine measures 1,200 feet by 110 feet. In this segment, you can watch a barge and towboat navigate the lock and get a sense of the awe-inspiring power—both natural and manmade—being harnessed here in the name of navigation.

Far from being a relic of the past, such river locks are still vital to American commerce. In fact, the volume of traffic on the Ohio is growing at such a rate that the Corps has plans to replace the two smaller locks at McAlpine (the smallest, built in the 1870s, is no longer operable) with a twin of the biggest one.

The Falls of the Ohio area is also known for its fossil beds, which date back more than 375 million years. The park and fossils are featured in Kentucky Life Program 314 and are the subjects of a KET Electronic Field Trip.

Anderson County

For more information:
Four Roses Distillery, 1224 Bondsmill Rd., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, (502) 839-3436

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: George Murphy
Audio: Gary Mosley
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Stop and Smell the Bourbon

Four Roses Distillery

Outside Lawrenceburg in rural Anderson County, you can follow a winding two-lane road to what looks like a little piece of Spain: an architectural gem of a building that looks like a 16th-century mission, complete with bell. But the people inside spend their days devoted not to saving souls but to making that quintessentially Kentucky product, bourbon whiskey.

Host Dave Shuffett takes that drive in this segment, visiting the Four Roses Distillery both to admire the building and to learn a little about the distilling process. Operations Manager Al Young and Master Distiller Jim Rutledge provide a tour and a little company history.

Built in the early 1900s, the distillery itself is on the National Register of Historic Places. Four Roses Bourbon is sold largely outside the United States.

Shelby County

For more information:
Kentucky Horseshoeing School, P.O. Box 120, Mount Eden, KY 40046, (800) 626-5359

Producer, editor: Marsha Hellard
Videographer: Gale Worth
Audio: Jim Slone

The Farrier’s Art—and Science

Kentucky Horseshoeing School

A recent series of commercials claimed that, when it comes to athletic performance, “It’s the shoes.” Whether or not that’s true for humans, it’s definitely the case for racehorses, whose fragile hooves and legs depend on properly designed and fitted shoes to protect them from the incredible stresses of racing.

Therefore, the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Shelby County takes the science of horseshoes seriously, training would-be farriers with everything from two-week courses for owners who want to shoe their own riding horses to 12-week master classes. This visit to the school gives a taste of both the history of the art of shoeing horses and the up-to-the-minute technology of a highly specialized discipline.

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