Object No. 39: Crounse propeller

The propeller standing at Limestone Landing could be called one of the most tangible signs of the city's close connection to the Ohio River.

The monument containing the propeller was presented to the city in 1999 by Crounse Corporation's Maysville Division to commemorate the division's 30th anniversary.

The propeller is typical of those used on the company's 1800 horsepower tow boats which ply the river, pushing barges filled with everything from coal to limestone along the waterway.

Crounse Corporation was started in Paducah in 1948 by George P. Crounse Sr.

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in 1969, Crounse Corporation opened a branch office located at Maysville, focusing on shipments from the Appalachian coal region to various consumers on the Upper Ohio, Kanawha, and Monongahela Rivers.

Today, according to the company's website, it employs more than 300 people and boast a fleet of 35 towboats and 1122 barges. Crounse transports more than 30 million tons of cargo each year along the U.S. inland waterways.

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