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

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

vintage photo - Delta Queen boat, New Orleans, Louisiana

vintage photo - Delta Queen boat, New Orleans, Louisiana

| Paddle-Wheel Steam Boat on the Silver River

| Paddle-Wheel Steam Boat on the Silver River

Steamboats were created by James Watt in 1769. The first steamboats carried passengers from Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey. John Fitch was granted his first patent for a steamboat in 1791.

The History of Steamboats

Steamboats were created by James Watt in 1769. The first steamboats carried passengers from Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey. John Fitch was granted his first patent for a steamboat in 1791.

WORKING STEAMBOAT: A strikingly different view of steamboat travel -- actual utilitarian work, transporting freight. Belies the romantic notion of white-suited gentlemen sipping sloe gin. 1910

WORKING STEAMBOAT: A strikingly different view of steamboat travel -- actual utilitarian work, transporting freight. Belies the romantic notion of white-suited gentlemen sipping sloe gin. 1910

historicaltimes:  Little girl and her pet toad at a pet show, Venice Beach, California, 1936. via reddit

historicaltimes: Little girl and her pet toad at a pet show, Venice Beach, California, 1936. via reddit

hi-res image of mississippi riverboat

hi-res image of mississippi riverboat

Ill-fated "Sultana," Helena, Arkansas, April 27, 1865.  Photograph shows the overloaded steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River the day before her boilers exploded and she sank on April 27th. The passengers included ca. 1,880 Union soldiers heading home at the end of the Civil War; more than 1,100 of these men died in the disaster.

Ill-fated "Sultana," Helena, Arkansas, April 27, 1865. Photograph shows the overloaded steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River the day before her boilers exploded and she sank on April 27th. The passengers included ca. 1,880 Union soldiers heading home at the end of the Civil War; more than 1,100 of these men died in the disaster.

Louisville riverfront, 1870s-1880s.

Louisville riverfront, 1870s-1880s.

Mississippi Riverboat [1900s]

Mississippi Riverboat [1900s]

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