The Rise and Fall of River and Rail transportation in Madison, Indiana.

The Ohio: America's Great Highway

Map of the Ohio RiverFlowing nearly 1,000 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio River was and still is one of the most important means of transporting people and goods in the Eastern and Central United States. First extensively used by Native Americans, the Ohio took on an even greater economic and strategic significance with the arrival of European traders and settlers. By the time of the American Revolution, expansion into the unknown West was already well underway and the Ohio River was the path taken by many to reach this new world.