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Masons Landing Lighthouse

Visit Our Castle on Hwy 166

Hwy 66 to Rocky Point,follow hwy 166 one mile..first Castle on the Left !      Dodd, Indiana

THIS ENTIRE PROJECT WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT BY ONE MAN

IN A FIFTEEN YEAR SPAN.  tWO YOUNG MEN HELPED POUR 24 YARDS

OF CONCRETE TO FORM THE PAD, AFTER THAT JACK BROWN PICKED

THE STONE FROM THE YARD, CUT IT, MIXED THE CEMENT BY HAND,

THEN LAID THE LIMESTONE TO FORM THIS BEAUTIFUL LANDMARK!

Follow Hwy #166 East

And Now, Glass.

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Breathtaking view high atop the Lighthouse

 

  This view has been called "A Million Dollar View"   by many,

  Just a few miles from airports, interstates and marinas yet

  has a peaceful quiet setting along the Ohio river.

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New Shipswheel and First Mate

A Lamproom fit for a Captain !

A Lamproom fit for a Captain !

"ARRRFF" Beware as ye pass by the Pirate Room !

This boat was built by riverman , Mr. Bert Harding

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN 1996

  Site work started with 18" of crushed stone compacted in place before the concrete pour.  Both re-bar and wire mesh was put in place.

28 YARDS OF concrete put in place

  David and Mike Stowe trowelling the 4500 strength concrete with fibers, making the floating pad for the massive structure to follow.

WEST WALL DONE

  This will house a suit of armor  and halberts.  The rest of the dungen will have medieval weapons and art work.

Photo Op Dodd, Indiana

Kim & Larry Reed, the Duke and Dutches of Dodd

ARCHWAY INTO LIGHTHOUSE

  This leads into the lighthouse which of course has round rooms.  These rooms begin  with a 25' diameter room.

Another interesting Wedding photo

New tile floor in lower level.

10' X 140' Cobblestone walk

This cobblestone pattern across the parking area makes a nice place to enjoy the river view. 

DRAW BRIDGE WELCOMES YOU INTO CASTLE

  This drawbridge and door is constructed with native red oak.  The hinges was designed and made by Kenny Huff.

Room With A View

Each floor has a wonderful view of the Ohio River.  Anchors in the wall will support a big rope hammock to allow a place for reading, listening to music or perhaps an afternoon nap.

Second story of lighthouse

  This floor will be dedicated to display diving equipment.  The Ohio river had a hard hat diver stationed at each lock in the early years.

0.D. MAJOR,USACE DIVER

  Mr. Major was the Corps Master diver for many years, when the High Lift dams were in place the divers took on a different type of equipment.

Dive Team Boat

  This boat is hanging from the ceiling in the Diver's room.  Can You guess how the boat got Here!

The Dive room Display

18" CARBON ARC SEARCHLIGHT

 This searchlight which will be visible for several miles will be used in the lamp room of the light house.

A SALUTE, CANON STYLE

Canons were used as a friendly welcome signal for boats approaching a Castle.

Massive Base for Trebuchet

Ron Thomasson loading the new Trebuchet

A large log stuck on our Walkway...so...We now call her "Nesse".

Local Tobacco Crop

The River Bottoms Tobacco Farm has 105 acres of Burley Tobacco near the Lighthouse. 

This fertile ground produces some of the finest Tobacco in the United States! 

"HURRY, HERE COMES LEWIS & CLARK"

LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION

The crew checked out the Masons Landing Lighthouse as they made their way downstream the Ohio river.

Landing in Owensboro

Landed

The Dog is getting off First !

T & S Towing Company, Tobinsport"s Pride and Joy

Stepping back in Time, What a Beauty !

Natchez slips past the Castle

Greg Harris, Craftsman explains his work to Producer Simmons.

 

Gary Dauby being interviewed by Jim Simmons, Producer of "Across Indiana".

CIVIL WAR GUNBOAT THAT PATROLLED OUR WATERS.

The TYLER gunboat and others like it was used in the civil war.The wooden boat was skinned with steel plates.

GUNBOAT OF 2004

Today our gunboats are hugh speed, high tech,  combat ready.  Two of these boats passed by the lighthouse in 2004. HoRaw

LST 325 Headed for Tall Stacks, Oct. 06

LST 325, Making it's return to Port, in the Fog.

Fog has Lifted

  The LST325 has been cleared to begin her lockage. Photo by Cannelton Lockmaster Jeff Hill.

Corn Island Project

  "Bud" Johnson, Chief Engineer of Corn Island Shipyard appears to be walking on water, He was proud, no doubt, to be delivering this structure to Cannelton Locks .  With a 4" clearance on each site of the chamber made this the LARGEST Vessel to ever lock through any lock on the Ohio river!

Largest Vessel to travel the Ohio

  This structure was the second of a two part unit to come throught the Cannelton Locks in November 2007.

Corn Island Shipyard Owners

Don,David and Mason Foertsch proudly

 watch the massive structure lock upbound

at the Cannelton Locks.

Delta Mariner slips by Dood port

This hugh ship is 312' long, 82' wide and 50' tall.  Delivering a new Rocket for NASA's space program.

THE DELTA QUEEN SLIPPING PAST THE LIGHTHOUSE

  The Paddlewheelers come and go during the season.  What a wonderful sight to see.

A True Delta Queen Fan

J.R.Weise of Cincinnati is indeed the Delta Queen's #1 Fan.  He has been recording her every move for  50 years.  We sadly watched her make her way down stream on her perhaps last journey on the river.

Congress failed to sign a document allowing her to carry passengers at night, since her structure is made of wood.

Mississippi Queen also going downstream

  During a summer picnic on the patio next to the pool onlookers enjoy this site.

"Here Comes the Shrimp Boat"    "Say What?"

Captain Ray West and First Mate Delela Callahan stopped by for a visit on their way up to Cincinnati.

The SUNDANCER sure turned some heads, not often (First time for me) do we see a Srimp Boat in these waters.

CORRECT CRAFT MURAL IN POOL

  Autumn Zampardi swims under water in the pool which has the Correct Craft image painted on the bottom.

AMERICAN QUEEN

  The American Queen as she heads up river, this is always a welcome site...she has to make a return trip.

Stuck on a Sandbar

Two towboats cannot budge the American Queen off of the sandbar.

What did I tell You...

  The American Queen ran aground on her maiden voyage near Troy, about 12 miles downstream.  Today it is unusual to see her venture these waters.

WINTER OF 1977-1978

 

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Look up in the Great Room...

  We have ,to date, 126 water skis on display, vintage jump, trick, slslom and combination skis.  Hey remember we was a water ski school before we became a lighthouse keeper.  WATCH OUR SITE FOR UPDATED PICTURES, THANKS FOR VISITING.

BUGLE BOY

the Bugle Boy welcomes you into the Castle.  He will announce your entrance into the Great Room.

QUEEN'S THRONE

This beautiful "Bishop's Chair" which was completly restored by Sue Brown will become the Throne for the Queen.

"FOLLOW ME!"

Ornate Table

 This table fits well with the Castle Decor.  Very Ornate carvings.

UNIQUE CHURCH PEW

This Church Pew is being reatored to enhance the Castle.  You will have never seen such an ornate pew, one of a kind.

EVERY CASTLE HAS A MONK

The Mason's Landing Lighthouse has a very dear Monk, he will sometimes appear to be very real.

HOROSCOPE,FORTUNES TOLD,THIS LADY CAN HELP

The Sourcer, which every Castle had, can give you a daily reading.  The Queen needed a reading before starting each day.

New Man at the Castle

Pirate Lady guarding the door, Perhaps she's NOT a LADY !

The Queen's Court

These Ladies,who sometimes amuse the men of the Castle, are waiting for the Delta Queen to take them away!

DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER

You never know, around a Castle, what might come up looking for food.   mmmmm   He sure looks HUNGRY!

LIFEBOAT

This Lifeboat is on the first floor.  Each floor has a brass sign indicating the direction  "To the Lifeboat".

TYPICAL ART WORK IN CASTLE

The frieze, "Apollo and Muses"  built into the wall enhances the beauty of the structure.

Limestone Quarry at Derby

Mulzer Brothers began their limestone business in Derby, a few miles upstream on the Castle.  This picture was taken in 1968,  all of the limestone used in the Castle project comes from Mulzer's Crushed Stone Company.  

Columbus sailing upstream

This replica ship came by the lighthouse, just another beautiful site on the Ohio.

The Nina Returns in 2005

  This picture was taken near the Mason Landing on August 29, 2005.  This floating museum was making it's way upstream on a damp foggy day.  It was open to the public at Louisville the following week, tours were $5.00 each.

Pinta downbound Cannelton 2009

Nina headed to Home Port, South 2009

A beautiful site from the Cannelton Bridge.

REDMAN BASS TOURNAMENT

Bass Tournaments are held almost every week-end at nearby Rocky Point Marina.  This particular morning the fog was too thick to let every boat out at once.  This made a wonderful picture as they waited their turn.

The most peaceful way to fish, ask this Fellow ! Photo by Curt Wheeler.

Rock Island as we knew it before the Cannelton Dam was Completed.

Many local Historians are led to believe that the Steamboat, Mechanic, which had Lafayette as one of it's passengers, crashed into this rock formation that rose above the water level.  Not so, it struck a sunken tree which was in shallow water on the Kentucky bank coming to rest in only eight feet of water.  More of this story can be confirmed by visiting the Lighthouse Keeper.

Ursuline Flatboat Adventure

Passing by the Lighthouse in August of 2004.  On August 11, five Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph set out the 155 mile journey down the Ohio river aboard Angela's Ark, a newly constructed flatboat, to reenact the Legendary journy of 1874.  The five Sisters established a Catholic girls school in eastern Daviess County. 

TALK ABOUT A FLYING BRIDGE

This interesting Towboat came down river on March 8, 2005.  I was unable to get the name of the boat, bu check out that Flying Bridge.

Cannelton gets new Locks and Dam

This scene of the Cannelton Locks and Dam being built was taken in 1968, as you can see the Locks was functional to let river traffic up and down.  Many families that came here for the project choose to stay in this area and live after the job was done.

Workmen install new sign for Hwy 66 Tourist traffic!

DAN LAGRANGE AT THE HELM

Dan brings the Corps workboat into position for repairman Dave Gelarden to pull maintaince on a bouy.

NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST

Downstream of the Lighthouse is the Cannelton Locks and Dam, pictured here are two of the Corp members aboard the workboat, the David H. Cook    picture

U.S.C.E. Towboat, "Person"

In the background is the NEW towboat, the JC Thomas which was put into service in the year 2000.

MISSISSIPPI QUEEN EASING INTO CANNELTON LOCKS

  O.K. so we're nuts about Paddlewheelers, That's why we are building a Lighthouse,Right!

The JC Thomas Dwarfs the Person

This will give you a better perspective of how large the new boat, JC Thomas really is.Huge

Mississippi Queen Deck Hands

The Deck Hands handle the heavy lines to secure the passenger boat to the Timberheads making ready for the water level to be lowered for their journey downstream.

Mississippi Queen Captain

After the hugh Paddlewheeler gets secured in the locks at Cannelton the Captain steps out to take a break, a well deserved break, I might add.

Head Purser Checking The Lines

The Head Purser checks to make sure the lines are secure to report to the Lockman  in charge of lowering the water in the lock chamber.

Lockman makes one final check

The Lockman after recieving word that all is well, makes one final check before lowering the massive paddlewheeler and it's precious cargo.

Steam Rolling From The Calliope

Normally, weather permitting, they entertain the passengers and guest visiting the Locks by playing some old river tunes on the steam calliope, what a wonderful sound.

Slipping out of the Chamber

The Mississippi Queen is set free to slip on down the river to the next scene around the corner,the next towboat making it's way up, a never dull moment aboard this beautiful boat.

LST 325 WW11 Landing Craft

  This is one of the most interesting boats to ever lock through the Cannelton Locks.  The LST 325 will be moored in Evansville Indiana for visitors to enjoy.  Tours will be available, a must see!

DELTA QUEEN RELEASES SOME STEAM

This misty morning at the Cannelton Locks, the Delta Queen reduces the pressure in it's boilers as required by law...

CANNELTON / HAWESVILLE FERRY

This was the Steamer "K&I"  years ago used to ferry people and vehicles, even horse drawn ones, across the river.

THE H & C FERRY USED BEFORE THE BRIDGE WAS BUILT

This Ferry most of us can remember riding on.  Sometimes for pleasure and sometimes for travel.  It required patience, if you went behind the floodwall and it was on the Kentucky bank, you waited!

Headed to Hawesville ! Photo by J. Rust

Site preparation for new Bridge! Photo by J. Rust

LINCOLN TRAIL BRIDGE

Thanks to Bob Cummings and others, the Cannelton/Hawesville bridge became a vital link for the two cities. great

BRIGHT SHINNY BRIDGE

Finially, a new bridge for all to use.  Today most of us tend to forget the "Good Ole' Days" of the Ferry boat.

What can I Say !

Rockport Bridge

What a view of the new Bridge linking Highway 231 into Owensboro Kentucky.

Wide View of Rockport Bridge

    What a fantastic view from atop the hill, near the water tower, in Rockport Indiana.

Cannelton's Cotton Mill Apartments

Once the largest industrial building west of the Alleghenies, built in 1849, this impressive building which is 280' wide and 60' deep has been restored and transformed into apartments.  Another MUST SEE, just a short drive west of the Lighthouse.

1970 photo of Jack Brown and Willie Bartley

AHH ! The Cover of the "Water Skier"

HOW IT ALL BEGAN, IN 1969

Jack began Barefooting in 1969, became involved in tournament skiing in 1970 and then onto show skiing in 1971.  He and his wife, Sue , ran the Lincoln Hills Ski School until 1985, then retired from the competitive sport.

SKIMMING ACROSS THE WATER ON ONE FOOT

Jack demonstrates the art of barefooting on one foot.  The boat speed for this "Feat" is ideally 42mph. (Do Not ski without an approved life vest unless in the controlled area with safety personnel, such as a ski show)

Jumping off of Bridge at Rocky Point

The many ways of Obtaining the Barefoot Skiing Position for Jack included being pulled from the top of the Bridge.  May I remind you..."Jumping from a Bridge" is Illegal...I didn't jump, I was Pulled!

GOING,

The boat is going at a fast idle

GOING,

Entering the water

GOING,

The boat here nails it wide open

GONE

Full Speed Ahead..

COMING OUT

Boat spped here is 42mph..

The Tricky Part.

And You thought the Bridge was Tricky?

THIS IS BAREFOOTING AT IT'S FINEST

This happens as fast as you have scrolled the mouse down..8 seconds..42 mph..

BOB MOORE, EIGHT TIMES NATIONAL TRICK CHAMPION

Bob is shown here performing at a ski show in Cannelton Indiana.  Bob conducted Trick water skiing clinics at the Lincoln Hills Ski School. 

Jack Brown, a student of Bob Moore's

Bob helped many skiers enhance their skills on a single trick ski.  Trick skis were 10" wide and 42" long, this sport has been challenged by wakeboards which are now popular.

Mike Freeman one foot.

GOING OVER THE SKI JUMP BACKWARDS

There were only Two skiers in the United States in the '70s that could (or would) go over the jump approaching it backwards, doing a 180o turn off the Front and skiing away.  Jack Brown was one of those skiers.

LOOK MA, NO HANDS !

Jack Brown performed this stunt at every ski show.  This four foot step ladder was balanced on a disc after taking off from the dock, then climbed to the top and held on to the rope with his teeth.

Jack Brown with Johnny Overstreet, Superfoot'71

Jack Brown presents the Championship Trophy to Johnny Overstreet for his performance in the first International Barefoot Tournament held in 1971.

Johnny Overstreet, Professional Show Skier/ Kite Flier With Student

Johnny points out the hazards of launching a kite from rock clifts to this student.  Safety was always a Must.

First Time Flier, Having Second Thoughts!

A 500 foot vertical drop, too much wind, first time out, a lot to think about before launching off ! Hey, Go For It !

THERE, SEE THAT WASN'T SO BAD.

Or, was it.  There are easier ways of viewing Perry County's beauty, a boat, a car, a bike, or just a stroll.  This is however the most exciting way!

HANG GLIDING OVER THE RIVER

One of the many events enjoyed at the ski school each year.  These kites had two methods of launching, running off of a high rock cliff or being towed by a boat  to reach the desired altitude before releasing, then decending back to the water or sometimes land (terra firma).

Advertising the 1974 Boat Show in Tell City

 

JACK BROWN BEING TOWED BY A BOAT

The line was 500' long which would allow a flier to reach around a 350' altitude.  On a calm day a flier would stay aloft for several minutes if there wasn't any problems with the boat driver navigating around other boaters who may have been in the area at the time.

David Lyons Introduces Perry County with Ultralight Flying.

David Lyons a local pioneer of water sports, unique boats and now Ultralight flying brings his MX Ultralight to Perry County.  Jack tried to assist him with support on his maiden flight.

Typical Week End At The Lincoln Hills Scki School

The Ski School was very active in the "70s and "80s.  Classes sometimes went up to 50 students, teaching Jumping, Slalom, Tricks, Barefooting and Tow Kite flying.  Ron Oakley was the Instructor for Tow Kiting which attracted the most Adventurous Students!

Superfoot sailing for ESPN

Sue Brown sitting on Old Iron Bridge at Deer Creek.

Rocky Point gets New Bridge

A new bridge is now open to traffic across Deer Creek on Highway 66 at Rocky Point.  You can see the old Mason house which was at one time a very nice house.

Dick Veeck prepares his friend Lee for a ride of his life!

  Lincoln Hills Ski Club members gather to wish Lee well as he begins his flight.  Almost every week end during the fall months rides were given in an open hay field near Tobinsport.  Pioneers of the Sport, maybe...Fools, probably...in any case we were having Fun!

PARASAILING WAS ALSO A POPULAR WAY OF GOING ALOFT

Sue Brown prepares for take-off on a parasail.  Sue was an instructor at the Lincoln Hills Ski School and one of the founders.

UP UP AND AWAY

Here you see a flier being towed from the lawn by a boat, usually a 200' line was used for this event.

STUDENTS BEING SHUTTLED BY SEA PLANE

Students were often given an added thrill by getting to ride in the Sea Plane while attending water ski lessons here in Perry County.

YOU MUST HAVE A PADDLE IN THE BOAT, MAY AS WELL SKI ON IT !

Kelly Ell from Dallas Texas, shown here with a canoe paddle proves that anything with a planning surface can be skied upon.

Stacy Thomasson, age 5, Demonstrates her skill on two skis, then on one.

Stacy, like many other students, began skiing at an early age.   She later became a show skier and traveled with the professional team.

Sue Brown barefootin' from training Boom

Sue shows students how to barefoot by using the training boom.Sue

Jumping out of a Helicopter

One of the many ways of obtaining the Barefoot skiing position.  "Do not try this at Home"

Come visit Perry County !

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Come visit us soon!

Thank You For Visiting

Goodbye for now, come visit our site often as we will be adding more pictures of interest.

Smooth Water

Brrr ! Cold Winter

Alright !

Terry Moore, Barefoot Jumping

Crowd Loved It !

Bob Moore Tricks

Col. Bob Moore

Mike Seiple Superfoot '79

Grant Taylor with Mike

Ronnie McDowell

"Oh No"

"It's Not Easy"

Class A Show Skier

Young Johnny Overstreet

Jack Brown & Jim McCormick

Kathy by the Hwy 166 sign

Gary Tinsley with cargo chute

Up, Up, And Away !

Gary's pet coon, "Charlie"

Fulton Hill, Troy

Christ of the Ohio, Troy

Nester House, Troy

Lincoln Ferry Park, Troy

Cannelton Lock & Dam

Celtic Cross, Blue Heron Winery

Plane Crash Memorial, Mill Stone

Meyers Grade School, Cannelton

Derby Park

Derby Landing

Welcome Home from Iraq

Sgt. Chris Brown & Squad

Students are Cheerful !

Lt. Arnold's Family waiting.

The Queen lands at Tell City

Peggy Moore & Sue Brown

Events Produced By......

Jim "Tiny" Newgent Class A Show Skier

Mike Marchand is Ready !

Go Mike Go !

Nova's Ready to Go !

Look Jesse, a Gazabo !

Cannelton Police Car

Tell City's Ladder Truck

Reaching to the Top !

Tell City's Bed Race, '80s

Sue & Jack Brown, Founders

Stepping off Backwards Barefoot !

Transporting Vehicles by River, '50s

Bob Moore's Skiers

Mixed Doubles Act

Young Chad Dauby

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Buddy Johnson Class "A" Show Skier

Mike Sieple Superfoot '79

World Champion Mike Sieple

Johnson's Delta Wing Kites

Jack Brown prepares Take-off

Three flyers aloft !

Richard Johnson at Cannorama

Mike Sieple Superfoot '79

Ron Oakley taking a break !

1997 Castle under construction

Lower level walls going up !

Jack in the Alcove

Art Gerber with Queen candidates

Tell City Boat Show, Armory

Lincoln Hills Skiers !

"71 Ski Champions, Canorama

Tournament Champion, Brenda Ryan

Tommy Lyons pilots the Tobinsport Mail Boat

OH YEA !

OH, NO !

Delta Queen's Gangplank

Capt. Omar Bryant

Johnny Overstreet "Mastering' the Saucer

Sue learning to Barefoot

Randall Fisher on his Party Boat

" Aaarf Matey"

River Sweep 09

Tobinsport 4-H Club

Inside the Castle

4-H Club doing a Good Deed.

"Tommytown" .barefooter