30-Mar-2000 -- It's a beautiful spring day in Indiana.
This confluence, 38 north 87 west is located near Chrisney, Indiana, just
north of the Ohio River in Spencer County. We drove to the farm house
where we thought the owner might live. Vivan Masterson gave us
permission to photograph the confluence. Since 1949, the Masterson's
have owned and farmed 190 acres. Crops include corn, beans and wheat.
Photograph one is looking southeast from the confluence to the Masterson's
farm buildings. The Masterson's also enjoy purple martins. Picture two is
some of the gourds used as houses. Picture #3 is the obligatory GPS
among the corn stalk residue and the purple "flower", henbit.
Henbit grows wild in yards and fields and while has a pretty bloom in the
spring is considered a weed by many. Picture #4 is the William Natcher
Ohio River bridge under construction. The bridge is a 4,510 foot
cable-stayed, twin tower that spans the Ohio River and Indiana 66 near
Rockport, Indiana, and Owensboro, Kentucky (US 231). Picture #5 is
the American Electric Power's Rockport power plant. Picture #6 is the
new AK Steel, Rockport plant that opened in 1998 and is fed by the power
plant. AK Steel produces flat-rolled coiled steel products for the automobile
and appliance industry. These sites are located just to the south of the
confluence on US 231.