WHAT IS IT? Nancy Elliott and Dallas Elliott watch the Mark Twain Riverboat prepare to depart Wednesday morning, June 24, 2015.

As the captain shared directions with Mark Twain Riverboat passengers through the vessel’s speakers, two visitors to America’s Hometown watched intently.

Nancy Elliott said she brought six-year-old Dallas Elliott down to the riverfront Wednesday morning, June 24, 2015, because he had never seen the riverboat before. They were eager to watch the boat begin its journey up and down the Mississippi River.

The Elliotts came from the Kirksville area for a doctor’s appointment, followed by a visit to the riverfront. Nancy Elliott said she rode the riverboat many times over the years.

“I want to get on the boat,” Dallas Elliott said.

The Elliotts will board the boat the next time they visit, when five-year-old Keaton Elliott can join his brother, Dallas.