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Can This Floating Landmark From St. Louis' Riverfront Be Saved? | St. Louis Public Radio

The century-old Goldenrod Showboat is still in limbo, waiting along an empty stretch of the Illinois River like a forgotten star from yesteryear yearning

I love detailed painting of river boats on the Mighty Mississippi...especially painting that show river boats in New Orleans, Natchez or St. Louis.

Detailed painting of river boats on the Mighty Mississippi.especially painting that show river boats in New Orleans, Natchez or St.

Can This Floating Landmark From St. Louis' Riverfront Be Saved? | St. Louis Public Radio

The century-old Goldenrod Showboat is still in limbo, waiting along an empty stretch of the Illinois River like a forgotten star from yesteryear yearning

S.S. Admiral

Open air deck-there was a grill here for burgers, fries.

The SS Admiral....once a St. Louis landmark, now "scrap".....so sad!  So many great memories from rides up and down the river on this great boat!!

The SS Admiral. Louis landmark, now "scrap". So many great memories from rides up and down the river on this great boat!

By 1850, river traffic had increased to such an extent that St. Louis had become the second largest port in the country, with commercial tonnage exceeded only by New York. It had also grown to be the largest city west of Pittsburgh. On some days, as many as 170 steamboats could be counted on the levee, some of which were literally "floating palaces,” complete with chandeliers, lush carpets, and fine furnishings.

Established as a trading post in 1764 on the Mississippi River, St.

The Mighty Mississippi: Kids will love stepping back in time with a riverboat ride on the mighty Mississippi. In St. Louis, aboard a 19th-century paddlewheel boat replica, history comes alive as kids learn about the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch and the country's westward expansion.

If you are planning a family vacation or getaway vacation to St. Louis, consider the Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises. Learn more about the Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises here!

Can This Floating Landmark From St. Louis' Riverfront Be Saved? | St. Louis Public Radio

Can This Floating Landmark From St. Louis' Riverfront Be Saved?

Tom Sawyer River Boat (STL Pin of the Day, 4/17/2014).

Tom Sawyer River Boat - ST LOUIS MO - remember when I was a kid we took a cruise as a field trip in grade school.

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I remember numerous fun times on the Admiral

The USS Inaugural, a former Navy minesweeper, became a floating museum on the St. Louis riverfront in 1968. The 650-ton, 185-foot-long ship was built near Seattle in 1944 and saw action during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. Robert E. O'Brien bought it from the Navy and brought it to St. Louis. It was there until the flood of 1993, which broke its moorings. The Inaugural was rescued and tied to a barge south of downtown, but sank Sept. 23, 1993. (Robert C. Holt Jr., St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Inaugural served as a floating attraction on the St. Louis riverfront from 1968 to It sank two months after the crest of the flood of

This Nov. 28, 2012 photo provided by The United States Coast Guard shows a WWII minesweeper on the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Mo. The lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels unseen for decades offering a glimpse at things not normally seen.   The minesweeper, once moored along the Mississippi River as a museum at St. Louis before it was torn away by floodwaters two decades ago, has become visible _ rusted but intact. (AP Photo/United States Coast Guard, Colby Buchanan)

LOUIS -- From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation's midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by. Lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels un

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