Paddlewheel riverboat, showboat, sternwheeler: in all its myriad forms, the steamboat revolutionized American travel in the 1800s, taking millions of people inland and helping to settle and develop the vast territories beyond the original colonies. It was an era in which young boys dreamed of becoming steamboat pilots and Mark Twain immortalized the “floating palaces” that traveled up and down the Mississippi River.

Paddlewheel riverboat, showboat, sternwheeler: in all its myriad forms, the steamboat revolutionized American travel in the 1800s, taking millions of people inland and helping to settle and develop the vast territories beyond the original colonies. It was an era in which young boys dreamed of becoming steamboat pilots and Mark Twain immortalized the “floating palaces” that traveled up and down the Mississippi River.

"Mississippi River Landing." Circa 1906, an exceptionally detailed view of the sternwheeler "Belle of Calhoun" and sidewheeler "Belle of the Bends" taking on cargo. Detroit Publishing Company 8x10 glass negative. from shorpy.com

"Mississippi River Landing." Circa 1906, an exceptionally detailed view of the sternwheeler "Belle of Calhoun" and sidewheeler "Belle of the Bends" taking on cargo. Detroit Publishing Company 8x10 glass negative. from shorpy.com

RIVER BOAT KING OF MISSISSIPPIThis authentic Mississippi Paddlewheel Steamboat reminds US Mark Twain's famous Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Mississippi riverboats were jacks-of-all-trades. They carried cotton and inland trade, towed barges and ferried railroad trains across rivers. They helped to shrink the vastness of America and as showboats they made that vastness a little less looney.

RIVER BOAT KING OF MISSISSIPPIThis authentic Mississippi Paddlewheel Steamboat reminds US Mark Twain's famous Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Mississippi riverboats were jacks-of-all-trades. They carried cotton and inland trade, towed barges and ferried railroad trains across rivers. They helped to shrink the vastness of America and as showboats they made that vastness a little less looney.

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