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THE OHIO RIVER

THE HISTORIC OHIO RIVER

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Ohio River forms at the Confluence of the Allegheny & Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Ohio River

            The word "Ohio" means "Beautiful River" in the Algonquian language. The Ohio River has always been one of the most important rivers in North America. The Ohio River is in the east central United States, and flows from Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, to the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois, a distance of  981 miles. The Ohio River drains 203,000 square miles and has an average annual flow of  281,000 cu ft per second, providing slightly less than half of the discharge of the Mississippi River.

             

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