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Steamships, Canals and the 19th Century Economy

Discover what happened when 19th century Wisconsin settlers tried to construct a canal between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes.

Date:  date unknown

Description: People lined along a bridge watching a steamboat in difficulty.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: "Riverfront from Pettibone Park". There are three steamboats docked on the right in the harbor. A mother and her children are in the foreground, and a hors...

Photograph

Steamboat "Eolah"

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from shoreline looking down at passengers posed on steamboat "Eolah" and on landing at shoreline.

Date: 1885 ca.

Description: Elevated view of the "Dell Queen" entering the Narrows via Devil's Elbow as Hattie and Nellie Bennett look on from an overlook on the shoreline.

Photograph

Steamboat on Lake

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Steamboat approaching pier on unidentified lake.

Photograph

Larks Hotel

Date:  date unknown

Description: Larks Hotel, looking towards Narrows. Adults and children on ground looking towards river. Steamboat on the river in the distance.

Photograph

Steamboats at Dock

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: View from shoreline of three steamboats at dock. Men are sitting and standing on the boats. Partial names of two of the boats are visible.

Postcard

Old Boat Yards

Date:  date unknown

Description: Old boat yards, with numerous steamboats, and buildings on the shoreline.

Date: 1890 before

Description: Elevated view from shoreline of two side wheeled steamboats, the "Lucius Newberry," left, and the "Lady of the Lake," docked at Geneva Lake. Other smaller...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: View looking down towards shoreline of troops on board a paddle boat on a canal. The boat flies an American flag. Other people stand on the shoreline and o...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Miles Glacier and a steamboat on the Copper River.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Rear view of flagman standing at the narrows in the Wisconsin River as a steamboat approaches.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Several steamboats in the harbor, with J.J. Hogan Wholesale Grocery store on shoreline.

Date: 1922 

Description: View from shoreline across river towards the steamboat "Winnebago" docked at the Dells Boat Landing on the opposite shoreline.

Date:  date unknown

Description: The Saint Paul, Silver Crescent, and Quincy at the levee. Gangplanks are lowered and passengers are disembarking.

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Christmas postcard of four men and one woman in a rowboat on the Mississippi River. In the background is the town of Alma at the foot of bluffs. The woman...

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Description: "An 'Imperial Scene' up the Tenn." (Tennessee River). A view from the rear of a man maneuvering a steamboat up the river using a steering wheel.

Date: 1899-07 ca.

Description: A boat leaving Milwaukee Harbor between two breakwaters, steaming into Milwaukee Bay and onward out into Lake Michigan.

Photograph

Union Gunboat

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from a distance of a side-wheel Union gunboat.

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