Army Corps of Engineers partners with Monroe County communities for history revitalization

US Army Corps of Engineers partners with Monroe County communities. (WTOV)

A first-of-its-kind signing held at the Hannibal Locks and Dam cements a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District and 13 local riverfront communities.

Pen to paper inked the deal to preserve history in Monroe County after more than a dozen communities came together, wrote a proposal and applied for a $25,000 grant from the corps headquarters.

"This type of handshake partnership, there were only two projects in our district to receive funding at all. These were a part of 23 total in the nation," said Richard Lockwood, Pittsburgh Army Corps of Engineers.

The project is set to improve the area's tourism, including the hope of refurbishing the dilapidated visitors' center, which has been closed since 9/11.

"Some of the local groups are going to be able to lease sections of property from the federal government to place children's activities with broken timber, the Clarington museum, Ohio Valley River Museum is looking for a location here. They would like to build as funds are available, so they can better tell the story of the river, on the river," said Mick Schumacher, county commissioner.

"There's a Derick boat that was an actual corps of engineer boat from the old Wickett dams and we've got several neat things that relate to the damn and Monroe County's history that we'd like to see developed," said Taylor Abbott, Ohio Valley River Museum president.

"It's a culmination of a lot of work and a lot of effort with a lot of dreams to follow," Schumacher said.

Officials say additional announcements in this area are forthcoming.

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