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Steamboat A'Comin

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Last weekend, I channeled my inner Huckleberry Finn and went for a ride on an old-fashioned steamboat.  If you've been anywhere remotely near the Mississippi (or just a river in the Midwest - I was on the Illinois River), there's a good chance that you've seen one of these beauties floating by.  It's always a treat to step back in time and take life at a slower pace for a bit.  Even more than the scenery going by, I enjoyed taking in the small details of the boat itself.  Sometimes I wish more things were built with the flare and beauty of these old vessels.  So let's go for a ride...

"...'S-t-e-a-m-boat a-comin'!' . . . Drays, carts, men, boys, all go hurrying from many quarters to a common center, the wharf. Assembled there, the people fasten their eyes upon the coming boat as upon a wonder they are seeing for the first time. And the boat IS rather a handsome sight, too. She is long and sharp and trim and pretty..."  -Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi 

 

Paddlewheel

Paddlewheel

Chimneys

Chimneys

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