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Flatboatmen on the Frontier
Description: Reenactment of Ohio Valley farmers building a flatboat used to transport cargo down various rivers to market in the early 19th century.
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Clip #: TFA-299B
Length: 10:45
Year: 1941
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Subject: Recreation
Original: 16mm
1930s, Ohio River, tributary rivers, streams, Ohio Valley, reenactment 1800s, farmers felling trees in forests with axes, pioneers, frontiersmen, agriculture, farms, farming land, wheat field, mill, water wheel, milling, corn field, fruit, hemp fields, tobacco crops, grazing hogs and cattle, farmers sawing and hammering nails into lumber to build flatboats, boy watching father assemble flatboat and going inside log cabin where his mother hand grinds pork sausages, ham and bacon hanging on wall, girl churning butter, man caulking seam of boat with oakum, chisel and wooden mallet, girl sweeping cabin floor, wife mending husbands’ shirts, men loading supplies including sacks of wheat and cornmeal, boxes of meat and barrels of tobacco into flatboat, men walking across plank to board boat, plank being removed, pole being pushed against shore to launch boat, men waving goodbye to their families as they travel towards New Orleans, junction of creek and larger river, men drifting down river and bantering with farmer cutting down hemp along riverbanks, men carefully navigating boat at junction with larger river, men stopping for night and tying boat to tree, men sitting around campfire at night, man playing fiddle, man cleaning rifle, men talking around campfire, men proceeding down river during day, palisades along riverbanks, shores of Mississippi Delta, shores of Ohio River visible, men traveling down Mississippi River, man playing fiddle on boat

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