Arkansas River Historical Society

Sample Photographs from the Joseph Howell Collection
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1988.01.0047 Corps of Engineers amphibious boat.
1988.01.0063 "The Arkansas River Flotilla," enroute to the Arkansas River Navigation System Dedication at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, locks through Toadsuck Ferry Lock & Dam near Conway, Arkansas. The navigation system was dedicated on 5 June 1971. Between 28 to 30 private vessels made up the flotilla.
1988.01.0459 Sketch of a Lykes Lines container ship.
1988.01.0621 Highway 69 relocation: View of the work on a pier of the bridge at the South Canadian crossing.
1988.01.0623 Erection of a batch plant near Eufaula Dam.
1988.01.1908 [The following is quoted from the original caption] "GATEWAY TO THE PORT OF FORT SMITH--Lock and Dam No. 13, on the Arkansas River near Barling, Arkansas, will bring navigation to forth Smith when all locks and dams down stream from Forth Smith are completed in December 1969. The structure is now 97 percent complete and the cofferdam, right, is being removed. One of 17 locks and dams that will make up the Arkansas River Navigation Project, Lock No. 13 will provide 20 feet of the 420-foot lift required for boats and barges traveling from the Mississippi River to Catoosa, near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lock and Dam No. 13 is being constructed by Dravo Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pa., under the supervision of the Little Rock District, Corps of Engineers." (Corps of Engineers Photo)
1988.01.1910 [The following is quoted from the original caption] STEEL JETTIES PROVIDE BANK PROTECTION--Workmen are erecting steel jetties used for bank stabilization of the Arkansas River in the reach of the river between Wilson's Rock, Oklahoma and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Construction work is under the supervision of the U. S. Army Engineer District, Tulsa. The purpose of the steel jetties (Kellner, in this instance) is three-fold: 1. Slow down velocity of water; 2. Stop scouring action or eating away of the sugar-loaf type banks of the Arkansas; and 3. By slowing down the velocity of water, silt and sand are dropped from water and this has a tendency to build up the banks." (Army Corps of Engineers Photo)
1988.01.2066 Hydroelectric plant at Eufaula Dam.
1988.01.0330 Oologah Dam, 21 September 1961.
1988.01.0322 Oologah Dam, 19 July 1962.
1988.01.0323 Oologah Dam, 28 March 1960.
Living by the river. Native Americans use the Arkansas River for communication and trade.
Watching a steamboat from horseback. With the steamboat came a new era in river history.
Ferrying across the river. In the nineteenth century commercial ferries on the river did a booming passenger trade.
Devastation of the 1943 flood. Frequent flooding added to the unpredictability of river trade before the navigation system was built.

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