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Picturing the Past 141: Riding the river

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 12:55 PM

Taking a canoe down Duck River was/is a great way to spend some time. (T-G File Photo)
Looks like these guys are about to launch canoes into Duck River in this photo from 1974.

I guess most Bedford Countians have memories of floating or fishing in the river or even just hanging out or partying along its banks.

On this cool (but not really so bad, considering what it could be this time of year) winter's day it makes me wish summer was already here again.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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Good to see everyone has a lifevest on.

-- Posted by lostinthe60s on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 2:02 PM

Is that Dement bridge?

-- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 7:52 AM

Looks like the bridge at Halls Mill to me.

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 10:03 AM

Love floasting the Duck, fishing and frog gigging in Bedford County. There's always a bountiful harvest and the river is at it's prettiest at night.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 3:16 AM

I remember in the early 40's paddling a boat up and down Duck River from far above the dam to below Sims Bridge fishing, exploring. swimming and just having a good time.

-- Posted by Dorris on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 3:44 PM

I think it was 1957 when I got my uncle Ed Huffman to order me a Delcraft aluminum pirogue (flat bottomed canoe made in Louisiana, for swamps) through the Cove Hollow resort store. I don't think I ever saw another canoe on the Duck, at the time. Most people had jon boats on the river, and most of them were wooden. Mine was smaller, much lighter, and more tippy. And people thought I was a dang idjit.

Be that as it may, I still have the boat.

-- Posted by razyn on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 5:28 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.