As the United States forged its history and laid the foundations of society across the land, it did so by the technology available at the time. By horse and carriage, they travelled across the prairies and settled along rivers. The waterways carried the people west building civilization and american democracy along the way. Raising townships and defining America’s industrial revolution.
Generations of Americans built their homes and families, whose descendants are now left behind by advances in technology and systemic policy failure.
Beginning by examining the original major trade route of the US, the Ohio river uncovers where America began its slow descent. The Ohio river carried resources from the east to the west and acted as the major artery of the north to the south. It’s shores are host to lost ports, cities and once thriving societies left behind by the development of railways and highways their new trade routes and paved the way.