In 1944, artist Harlan Hubbard built a shantyboat on the banks of the Ohio River near Cincinnati – A Secret History of American River People

In 1944, artist Harlan Hubbard built a shantyboat on the banks of the Ohio River near Cincinnati

In 1944, artist Harlan Hubbard built a shantyboat on the banks of the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

He wrote that he scavenged 12×3 timbers from a building being demoed to build the hull of the boat.

A common building style in the area that I’ve noticed is 12×3 floor joists set into the brick on 12 inch centers. No doubt this makes extraordinarily sturdy floors (modern houses might be 8x2s on 16 or 24 inch centers) and, when demolished, provides enormous amounts of shanty building material.

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