October 1st, 1811 – The First Mississippi River Steamboat

On October 1st, 1811, the first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrived in New Orleans and thus began the golden age of the steamboats and River Queens. The era of the steamboat actually began in Philadelphia in 1787 when John Fitch (1743-1798) made the first successful trial of a 45-foot (14-meter) steamboat on the Delaware River on […]

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