The Life And Times of the Steamboat Red Cloud: Or How Merchants, Mounties, And the Missouri Transformed the West

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Texas A&M University Press, 2006 - Social Science - 145 pages
In July 1882, the steamboat Red Cloud hit a snag near Fort Peck, Montana, and settled into the bed of Missouri River with a full cargo. The flagship of I.G. Baker & Company, it had served as an agent of change in the West through which it traveled. The Red Cloud was a symbol--and a source--of the trading company's success. This stern-wheeled, wooden-hulled packet boat carried both cargo and passengers on a "floating palace." When it sank five years later, though, the transcontinental railroad was already displacing the steamboat as the preferred way to transport both people and cargo. The first book to view the development of the Candian Rockies from a maritime perspective, The Life and Times of the Steam base Red Cloud ties the Missouri River's commercial development with the opening of the Canadian West and with the formation of the Candian North--West Mounted Police. Readers interested in western history, maritime history, and nautical archaeology will find this book an invaluable addition to their libraries.

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Annalies Corbin is an assistant professor and co-director of Underwater Archaeology at East Carolina University. With a broad publication record of her own, she is book review editor of the journal Historical Archaeology. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho, Moscow, where she specialized in transportation history and the American West, as well as historical archaeology.

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