Steamboat Photos, Page 9

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Attached of the J.C. Kerr is a bit scuffed and scruffy, but an interesting photo. The boat was built in 1884 and operated on the upper Ohio until 1892 when she moved to the Green River trade where this photo was most likely taken.

In 1894 she was rebuilt a bit and renamed Chaperon which she is better known by. In 1917 she ended up on the Yazoo and tributaries, renamed the Choctaw. Burned on the Tallahatchie in 1922.

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This was taken aboard the Princess, photo by Lawrence J. Neumann, 945 Gest Street, Cincinnati.

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This just in, scanned off a teeny snapshot, came out pretty well. Must've been taken from a pretty high bluff overlooking the river. This towboat Mark Twain is also in those 2 photos of mine that were taken at Hermann, MO on the Missouri River.

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The Towboat Mark Twain in a lock and dam that is quite a ways up river from Hannibal, close to Canton. The postcard publishers obviously were selling it to Hannibal merchants who catered to tourists.

Towboat Mark Twain

MARK TWAIN towboat. Great reference for a model maker. wilbornfoto.com

Copyright 1934 No. WA 60-6
Wilborn & Associates Photographers
3101 Mercier
Kansas City, MO 64111

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2 views the towboats MARK TWAIN and GENERAL ASHBURN at the Hermann, MO waterfront on the Missouri River.

The 1st view is off a real photo post card I just acquired of a panorama including the Gasconade County courthouse taken from the north side of the river looking south. The 2nd view is from the Murphy Library taken from the bridge and looking East. The people dressed in white may suggest that "Maifest" (a German holiday) was going on in town, I'm not sure. These weren't dated. The earliest they could have been taken was 1932 when the Mark Twain was began her career and the latest 1945 when the General Ashburn's career ended.

Herman is like a storybook village, very well preserved and unspoiled. I looked at properties there 2 years ago, very tempted to relocate there although Hannibal has the most associations for me. The Missouri River at Hermann is not as wide or pretty as the Mississippi at Hannibal, wing dams are located up and down the river in part to protect some endangered species of fish and river commerce is much less than on the Mississippi. Excursion boats are a rarity on this stretch of the river. I don't know if the DQ ever ventured very far up the Missouri, the channel is much narrower and more treacherous than the other tributaries so probably too hazardous to risk navigating. At the time this photo was taken I doubt the Corps of Engineers had done much to the river so at least when the water was high commerce was more plentiful

towboats at Hermann in photo:
MARK TWAIN 1932 - 1956
The Hermann Bridge was completed in 1930

Nestled along the banks of the Missouri River, just 90 minutes from downtown Saint Louis and about 3 hours from Kansas City. The City of Hermann is a picturesque German Community offering Old-World hospitality and the quiet charms of an earlier time. With an abundance of spectacular views, more than 150 historic buildings, quaint inn and B&Bs, world class wineries, museums, shops and galleries, and fine dining, Hermann is the perfect place for romantic retreats. It is a perfect getaway not far from home!

The city was founded by the Deutsche Ansiedlungs-Gesellschaft zu Pennsylvania (German Settlement Society of Philadelphia) in the 1830s For more information, link to: hermannmissouri.com

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Postmarked April Fool's Day 1903 and addressed to Pearl Briggs, Coquille, Oregon. The sender was the guy standing on the bitts but I removed the word "ME" that he wrote next to himself. He didn't sign his name to the card. What flavor, a great cast of characters.

Canvas cover on the side of the delivery wagon on the right says Wm. Carver Transport / Phone. 37.

Second file is of my favorite detail of the 2 gents on top of the pilot house. The man seated is wearing a cap, suppose he could have been the pilot.

Some historical background to accompany the ECHO photo . . . adapted from this link - click here.

Myrtle Point, Oregon

Said to be one of the best-preserved small towns in Southern Oregon, Myrtle Point is at the southern end of the Coquille River Valley, about 25 miles inland from the Oregon Coast. The historic downtown district is ringed by many vintage homes, some well kept and others in the process of restoration.

The town sits along Highway 42, a major east-west route between US 101 and Interstate 5. Highway 42 S, which branches off Highway 42 in Coquille, provides an easy route to the Pacific Ocean at Bandon.

The annual Coos County Fair is held in Myrtle Point. It has been held yearly since 1912 and only cancelled once, in 1942 during the war.

The town's main event is the Harvest Festival, usually the last weekend in September.

The town is home to the Coos County Logging Museum, open in summertime. The museum is located in a domed, pioneer-era building with unusual acoustics.

Myrtle Point's boom years came in the late 1890s, when speculation ran high about a railroad connection to Roseburg. The railroad eventually chose another route, but the region's rich timberlands and farmlands sustained the community.

The town is adjacent to the Coquille River, which rises from the nearby Coast Range and finds its way to the sea at Bandon.

Once an important waterway for frontier-era commerce and transportation, the river is a popular fishery for salmon and steelhead.

The Coquille River Valley remains a productive cattle and dairy region, and there are sawmills and other small industry. Pride in a hard-working pioneer heritage runs high, and the town strives to maintain its downtown district and small-town character.

Wikipedia Echo sternwheeler built 1901 in Coquille, Oregon built by Ellingson. 76 tons; 66' length; fate unknown, probably abandoned 1911.

Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:49 PM
Subject: photo of the ECHO

Dave, My name is Diana James. We have this same photo.

Printed on the back is words written by Pearl James, my husbands Grandmother:

"This is our boat. Charles Zevely (Known as Chas) is standing on the bow with his arms folded. Charles Henry James is sitting up on the pilot house and the boy on his left is Captain Jack."

Pearl's maiden name was Zevely so Charles must have been her brother. Charles James was her husband. The couple were quite the pioneers and had 11 children. Charles Henry worked in gold mines in California and also lived in Alaska for a while. The last of the old pioneer homestead is on the Rogue River.

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Columbia excursion steamer. Nice nostalgic flavor and old Mr. Toad's style of "motor car" with what look like carriage wheels. Very dreamy landscape and depth to it. The boat sank near Columbia on the Illinois River in 1918 with the loss of 175 lives. Sounds like the pilots may have been entertaining some sultry vixens instead of watching the river.

Robert Killion, Curator, Peoria Historical Society, Peoria, Illinois, adds:

On July 5, 1918 the Columbia was steaming back from Al Fresco Park in Peoria to Pekin and wrecked near Wesley City (now Creve Couer). 89 lives were lost. There were some accusations that the pilot was drunk.

Descendants of Captain Mehl still live in the area as do descendants of people on the boat that night. I believe the last survivor died a few years ago. The Peoria Historical Society has some pictures of the Columbia and other Peoria boats (the Swain boats in particular). Some pictures of other boats passing through as well. I just ran across some in some of my wife's family pictures as matter of fact. At any rate great collection.

Probably the definitive work on the Columbia and the wreck is here: Facebook

Yukon riverboat

Sure looks inviting, what a nice vacation vehicle . . .

Rose Hite Steamboat

Steamer Rose Hite, 1895-1907.


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