Military Family Housing (River Ridge)

River Ridge was the name given to the family housing at INAAP.  Some of the homes were built by Goodyear and some by DuPont.  The original occupants were the military staff and contractor’s top level staff working on site.  In later years, most of the contractor staff moved out and the homes were occupied by military families assigned in the region.  The Contractor Director of Security lived on site until INAAP was closed.

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River Ridge is located on a high bank of the Ohio.

Igloos are across the road in the lower left hand corner. Black Powder Screening and Drying ("Powder Prep") is in the upper left hand corner. The next photos show the housing area in more detail. The first picture is the uppermost section here; subsequent pictures work down the page. sequentially.

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River Ridge Housing, starting at the northeast end of the development. Houses numbers are shown in red.

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River Ridge was a very desirable address as the homes were arranged in a scenic rural setting at the top of a bluff overlooking the Ohio River. They were served by a recreation club, two playgrounds, and a 9 hole golf course. In later years a reservoir was built with a diving board, and was used for swimming.

There were 49 homes of 5 different design at River Ridge.

The one which I am calling House Style 1 was the largest of the homes built at River Ridge. The Plant Commander lived in one of these homes.

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Buildings which are not used are not maintained by the Army, so these buildings rapidly fell into disrepair.  They are currently and inaccessible part of the Charlestown State Park as they pose a hazard to visitors. The following photos were taken in the early 1990’s with access granted by the park manager.

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