The classic adorable small river town is laid out with its primary commercial district parallel to and a couple blocks up from the river. This also kept Main Street safe from periodic flooding.
Historically, the blocks along the river were a busy neighborhood of warehouses, wharves, barges, oil derricks, shipping, drayage, coal and grain elevators, and housing for workers. Now typically, these river industries are replaced by a chain of grassy parks.
This is Sistersville, West Virginia where a ferry that crossed the Ohio River ran for 200 years until recently.
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