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Volume Listing > Volume 28 > La Crosse River history and the Davidsons

Hirshheimer, Harry J., 1871-1952 "La Crosse River history and the Davidsons"

La Crosse River History and the Davidsons: The importance of river traffic in early La Crosse is apparent in this article about the city's efforts to establish its own line of steamboats starting in 1856. William F. (1825 -1887) and Peyton Davidson (b. South Point, Ohio) were captains and founders of a fleet of ships that would eventually force the consolidation of river companies operating in and around La Crosse. The start of their business in 1856 when they began service to La Crosse with two boats to its height, in 1881 when they owned various steamboat lines servicing Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin are discussed. Peyton Davidson sold the business in 1890 after expanding into lumber and losing his brother William. (14 pages)

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Citation: Hirshheimer, Harry J., 1871-1952 "La Crosse River history and the Davidsons" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 28 /Issue: 3 (1944-1945)

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