- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It’s been nearly 120 years since the frozen Ohio River allowed people to dance to live music in the middle of the river, but a walking tour of Louisville’s waterfront will give participants a closer look at that piece of history and more.

Local historian Rick Bell will lead the tours on the last weekend of each month, starting this weekend and running through October. The Saturday tours run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT, and the Sunday tours are from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Among the highlights of the tour is The North Pole Exchange, a temporary saloon that opened mid-river at the foot of Shelby Street when the river froze for two weeks in 1893 and provided hot toddies, sausages and a small orchestra for dancers.

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