Paddlewheels on the Upper Mississippi 1823 - 1854
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- By: Nancy and Robert Goodman
- Format: Paperback Book; 155 pages; 60 photographs, drawings and maps; index
- Publisher: Washington County Historical Society
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- ISBN 0970832818
This settlement account of how the "west" was settled traces the development of the paddlewheel riverboat up to the coming of the railroads in 1854.
The river steamboat was a unique form of transportation invented in the early years of the nineteenth century and specifically designed to transport freight and passengers on America's inland rivers. Americans streaming into the continent's western lands created a need for effective and cheap transportation. Because roads were poor, rivers became highways. America's western expansion came just as steam power was being developed and helped fuel development of the powered boat. And the ability of riverboats to carry huge quantities of materials cheaply helped promote settlement of America's frontier.
This settlement account is enlivened by comments from contemporary sources and reminiscent accounts of old time rivermen. It is enhanced by more than 60 photographs, drawings, and maps that evoke the days when the Mississippi River was America's western frontier.
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