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mississippi River guttenberg, iowa | Submitted by agreve on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 09:23

mississippi River guttenberg, iowa | Submitted by agreve on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 09:23

Boarding a steamboat is entering another era. The captain barks orders through an old-time hand-held megaphone. The calliope trills into the air while the great wheel, 25 tons of white oak, churns the heavy Mississippi waters. You slip into a sense of the old, vast, timeless river. As it glides past the French Quarter, you understand the magic of the experience. For all its history and romance, the excitement of riding a steamboat is as real, rich and genuine as it was a century ago.

Boarding a steamboat is entering another era. The captain barks orders through an old-time hand-held megaphone. The calliope trills into the air while the great wheel, 25 tons of white oak, churns the heavy Mississippi waters. You slip into a sense of the old, vast, timeless river. As it glides past the French Quarter, you understand the magic of the experience. For all its history and romance, the excitement of riding a steamboat is as real, rich and genuine as it was a century ago.

During her first lifetime the Belle of Louisville was actually named the Steamer Idlewild. From 1914-1948 she was used as a ferry and packet boat to ship goods on the river.

During her first lifetime the Belle of Louisville was actually named the Steamer Idlewild. From 1914-1948 she was used as a ferry and packet boat to ship goods on the river.

Stunning sunset behind the American Queen. Enjoy a Mississippi river cruise & experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland aboard a genuine steamboat like the #AmericanQueen! http://www.pleasantholidays.com/PleasantHolidaysWeb/HTMLPagesDisplay.do?screenName=cruise_usa.html

Stunning sunset behind the American Queen. Enjoy a Mississippi river cruise & experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland aboard a genuine steamboat like the #AmericanQueen! http://www.pleasantholidays.com/PleasantHolidaysWeb/HTMLPagesDisplay.do?screenName=cruise_usa.html

Engelberg,Switzerland

Engelberg,Switzerland

The Steamer 'Rowena' on the Cumberland River in Burnside, Kentucky. Burnside was a center for shipping by rail and steamboat packet. Its lumber mills sent products around the world.

The Steamer 'Rowena' on the Cumberland River in Burnside, Kentucky. Burnside was a center for shipping by rail and steamboat packet. Its lumber mills sent products around the world.

Louisiana circa 1910. "Sternwheeler America at Angola Landing, State Penitentiary farm, Mississippi River." 8x10 glass negative.

Louisiana circa 1910. "Sternwheeler America at Angola Landing, State Penitentiary farm, Mississippi River." 8x10 glass negative.

H.R.W. Hill - One of the largest packets on the Cumberland River prior to 1860. Burnside, Kentucky was a center for shipping by rail and steamboat packet. Its lumber mills sent products around the world.

H.R.W. Hill - One of the largest packets on the Cumberland River prior to 1860. Burnside, Kentucky was a center for shipping by rail and steamboat packet. Its lumber mills sent products around the world.

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