Red River Steamboats
Known by the French settlers of the eighteenth century as the Fleuve Rouge, the Red River boasts a fascinating history in Louisiana. It is the state's historic highway along which plantations were built, and upon which their wares went to the great markets of New Orleans and the rest of the world. In this captivating collection of vintage images, the history of navigation on the Red River unfolds. Flowing some 1,300 miles through four states, the Red River is the eighth-longest river in the continental United States. Despite numerous disasters, regular navigation occurred on the river for over a century. Huge craft loaded with North Louisiana cotton plied the river between Shreveport and New Orleans, and packet steamers carried mail and passengers to dozens of stops along the river's path. The showboats traveling along the river brought a new form of entertainment to the cities and towns that lined its banks. Included in this volume are views spanning the Great Raft, the opening of the river to navigation and commerce, the role the river played in the Civil War, and the twilight of commercial steam navigation. The first photographic tribute to the river ever published, Red River Steamboats captures a bygone era in Louisiana's history.
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_ I _ 20th century Admiral Porter’s fleet Alexandria Authors Bailey’s Dam Banks’s Bayou Bossier City Bossier Parish Bottom built burned Caddo Lake Capt Captain Shreve cargo Cincinnati Civil Commerce Street wharf Corps of Engineers cotton packet crew David Dixon Porter dismantled docked Eastport engraving Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Harper’s Weekly Henry Miller Shreve Jefferson Library of Congress Louis Louisiana LSU-Shreveport Noel Library Mississippi Rivers Mittie Stephens Monroe Naval Historical Center navigation Navy Neosho Noel Library Archives opening the Red operated Orleans Ouachita Parish cotton passengers photograph Pictured R.T. Bryarly Raft Red and Mississippi Red River Campaign Red River Line Red River packet regular route renamed retreat riverfront Satterlee seen ship showboats shown Shreveport Shreveport and Bossier sidewheel snagboat South steamboat steamer tinclad gunboat transport U.S. Army Corps Union fleet Union ironclad gunboat vessel Vicksburg Woodruff wrecked