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What's in a Name: The history of Luke Chute

August 3, 2013

WATERFORD TWP. — Truth may be stranger than fiction, but sometimes fiction tells a more exciting story....

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Aug-03-13 11:22 AM

So much of the local history of the river and those communities along it have been lost forever. The older valley families having died out or moved away, leaving few written records or having an oral history recorded by someone for posterity. Once that connection is gone, the attempt to piece together an accurate picture of what life was like, especially the commercial life that existed with the Muskingum that few residents today are even aware of what went on during those days when the river was busy with steam packets carrying goods and passengers between Marietta and Zanesville. Too bad; a significant part of the past and the reason for the existence of so many of those smaller communities along the river.

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Aug-03-13 12:09 PM

If there was any pretty and natural looking part of the muskingum that used to be it. Now there is a gigantic power plant there which pollutes the view for miles around. Why did no one oppose that location?

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Aug-03-13 12:42 PM

Alchemy; if your referring to the Beverly generating plant of the company once known as Ohio Power; that building was considered a God send by the villages of Beverly and Waterford. Commerce and the use of the river by all but the most dedicated of fishermen had fallen on hard times. The locks were soon to be sealed by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers which closed down navigation on the river. By the mid fifties, the river was more of a nuisance, those canals and locks nothing more than an eyesore. Jobs came with that power plant, no questions asked; perhaps a few should have been considering the level of contamination which came out of those smoke stacks.

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Aug-03-13 1:35 PM

No, I'm talking about the new gas burning plant right at luke chute with three towers that can be seen for miles. It ruined all of the beautiful ridge top views from beverly to stockport.

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Aug-04-13 11:09 AM

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by " new gas burning plant right at luke chute". There is Duke Energy which is located across the river on ST RT 83 in Beverly. Then there is the AEP Gas powered plant which is at least 6 miles away from Luke Chute. Plus, the gas powered plants are now a saving grace to the school districts of Wolf Creek and Fort Frye Local since AEP is shutting down the coal powered plant.

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Aug-05-13 9:16 AM

For those of you that don't know where the Power plant is, go to Luke Chute and look up the hill a little up river on the park side. I go there every year and sometimes our family has a reunion there. The plant is 1,200 feet SE. You can't really see it because of the trees. Everyone wants power but no one wants to live next to stacks.

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Aug-05-13 10:54 AM


some of us DO have to work and CANT sit on our fat duff waiting on government checks !!!

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Aug-05-13 8:59 PM

Yes, I'm well aware how your worlds revolve around government checks in order to work or not to work. I was just driving by a couple properties along 266 that used to be beautiful to the owners. Sacred in a way. Now all they have to look at is those stacks. Even worse just above it on the other side on walker hill road. I feel awful for those people who once had pristine views. Again, I wonder why no one fought to have them put it anywhere but the most wild and desolate part of the muskingum.

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Aug-05-13 9:07 PM

I think they bought out several places on both sides where it ruined their view because the places are abandoned now. Blocked by trees??? From where? It's right across from a place the owner had named blueberry hill many years ago and there was a sign and it was a pretty and pleasant little place. It's gone. That plant just sprung up like from nowhere and I recall no one knowing it was coming.

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Aug-06-13 9:53 AM

Settle down alchemy. Everywhere is "pristine" until someone builds something in their view they dislike. A lock and****system is not pristine. The stacks are short stacks. I doubt they are even 100' tall. You can't see them from the lock/park which is what the article is about.

Power plants must be built near a water source for cooling. No one wants a power plant next door, however everyone likes to have lights. Your property would be worth even less if you didn't have electricity.

The plant was not unexpected. I remember reading about duke buying the land and wondering what they would build. I also remember hearing about all the jobs it would create and the benefits of burning natural gas. The companies (Duke, and subcontractors) also have to advertise in the local papers to get permits. Get real.

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