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The famous steamboat race between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee began in New Orleans on this date, at 5 PM. It was a 1200 mile upstream race to St. Louis, and the record of 3 days, 18 hours, and about 20 minutes still stands for commercial boats. more

Jun 30, 2017 1:55 PM Missouri History

The side-wheeler Mary McDonald was tied up at Waverly when she caught fire and was destroyed. more

Jun 12, 2017 1:19 PM Missouri History

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The historic riverboat Far West sank at Mullanphy's Island near the mouth of the Missouri. It was one of Custer's boats and after Little Bighorn it steamed back 920 miles in just 54 hours! The Far West is also the subject of a Gary Lucy painting. more

Oct 20, 2016 1:14 PM Missouri History

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Photo credit: Mike Tewkesbury via Flickr Creative Commons

Two boats, the riverboat Becky Thatcher and the replica of the Santa Maria, experienced the disastrous effects of a summer thunderstorm. more

Jun 30, 2015 12:00 AM Missouri History

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