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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Barta letter: Boat visit significant

  • Sunday, Sept. 2, provides us all with a chance to witness what might be called a minor historic event. Being a Mississippi river town, Hannibal’s early history is full of riverboats of all sizes bringing people and life’s necessities to town.
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  • Sunday, Sept. 2, provides us all with a chance to witness what might be called a minor historic event.  Being a Mississippi river town, Hannibal’s early history is full of riverboats of all sizes bringing people and life’s necessities to town.  As the railroads arrived and slowly became the dominant means of transportation, these beautiful steam-powered, paddle-wheeled vessels slowly disappeared.  A century after their heyday, what remained became a part of the tourism industry, providing people with a chance to experience “a time gone by”….  The past decades have seen attrition reduce their number and our weak economy further reduce the affordability and demand to enjoy this mode of transportation.  
    As our last visit by a passenger carrying Riverboat was four years ago when the American Queen stopped in Hannibal, it is exciting to have an authentic, NEW, paddle wheeler coming to Hannibal—the Queen of the Mississippi.   Sunday, Sept. 2 will be our first opportunity to see this new 150 passenger riverboat, when it arrives on our riverfront early in the morning, remaining docked here until 6:00 pm!  
    I hope that many families take advantage of this opportunity and bring their children down to see the Queen of the Mississippi.  Being in its physical presence will really bring home the scale of what it must have been like along a bustling riverfront in Hannibal’s early years.  I am looking forward to seeing this reminder of what helped build Hannibal!
    Lou Barta
    Hannibal

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