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Paddlewheels on the upper Mississippi, 1823-1854 : how steamboats promoted commerce and settlement in the West

Author: Nancy Goodman; Washington County Historical Society (Minn.); History Network of Washington County (Minn.)
Publisher: Stillwater, MN : Washington County Historical Society, 2003.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Goodman; Washington County Historical Society (Minn.); History Network of Washington County (Minn.)
ISBN: 0970832818 9780970832818
OCLC Number: 54674253
Notes: "With 255 individual boat histories and more than 70 illustrations."
"Published for the History Network of Washington County ..."
Description: x, 155 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Foreword / William E. Lass --
ch. 1. The Grand Excursion of 1854 --
Visionary railroad builders --
The Great Western Railroad Excursion --
A costly venture that paid off admirably --
ch. 2. What changed in 1854? --
What this book is about --
ch. 3. What was a river steamboat? --
Types and construction --
Traveling on a paddlewheel river steamer --
ch. 4. Early history of river steamboats --
Invention of the river steamboat --
Steamboats reach the Upper Mississippi --
ch. 5. Steamboats open the West and defend the frontier --
Moving troops and supplies --
Visiting the "Great White Father" --
Influx of traders and settlers --
ch. 6. The St. Peters becomes a destination --
Tourists flock to "see the elephant" --
Galena merchants promote Mississippi tourism --
On to St. Anthony's Falls, and other wonders. ch. 7. Packet companies and pirate craft --
Transients, or wild boats --
The transition to packet service --
The Galena & Minnesota Packet Company --
Railroads fuel packet line expansion ... for a time --
ch. 8. A wonderful flow of commodities --
Lead spurs traffic on the upper river --
Steamboats supply the lumber camps --
Tombstones, mail and other necessities --
ch. 9. Migrants, immigrants and fugitive slaves --
Packets become all-purpose carriers --
The competition for passengers --
"Go West, young man, go West!" --
ch. 10. people on a riverboat --
The officers --
The cabin staff --
The deck crew --
Afterword : What happened to the steamboats? --
Appendix : Upper Mississippi steamboats, 1823-1854 --
Glossary of steamboating terms --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: by Nancy and Robert Goodman.

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