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Army Corps of Engineers says moving rock could damage it
(2008-03-19)
(WOUB) - The Army Corps of Engineers has put a
damper on plans to display the so-called Indian Head Rock at a welcome center in Portsmouth.

The corps sent a letter this week to the historian who led a team that pulled the 8-ton boulder from the Ohio River last
September. The Corps said it was concerned that moving the rock more could damage it.

Portsmouth city officials had planned to move the rock from storage to the Scioto County Welcome Center for a public rally on Thursday.

The river is mostly under Kentucky jurisdiction, and Kentucky claims the landmark belongs to the commonwealth.

Portsmouth Mayor Jim Kalb has said the rock belongs in Portsmouth.

Local legend says the rock would surface about every decade in the 1800s and early 1900s when the river level dropped and people would carve names, pictures and dates on it.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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