Since as long as anyone can remember — some say 1934 — locals and tourists have tossed bread to a suckling, quacking stew of carp and ducks at the Linesville Spillway in northwest Pennsylvania. The small dam is the site of one of America's oldest roadside attractions, roughly halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The carp gather just outside Linesville, Pa., in writhing thickets at the spillway's edges. The fish are so thick that mallard ducks, also in search of a free meal, literally hop, skip and jump on the fish's backs to compete for a slice of bread.
Linesville's star attraction brings as many as 500,000 visitors a year to the small community, where they might buy gas, a burger or day-old Wonder Bread from one of the bread shanties that line local streets. But this year, the place where ducks walk on fish has been threatened by a policy change that has locals worried about a giant sucking sound of a different kind: the clatter of tourists and their dollars leaving their community.
Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister visited the Spillway and teamed up with singer-songwriter Tim Fite to produce this story about one of America's fishiest tales. To hear it, click the link above. You can download Fite's song, "Bread In The Water," using the link at left.