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Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
August 14, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting   

The sinking of the steamboat Bertrand. Artist unidentified

The first steamboat to haul freight up the Missouri River was an early paddle wheeler, christened the ‘Independence,’ under the command of Captain John Nelson. Nelson piloted the boat from St. Louis, Missouri as far north as Franklin, Missouri in a total of thirteen days that included seven days of actual running time. The boat then continued upriver a short distance to Chariton before turning back toward St. Louis. Franklin’s newly established n...

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