Anyone who has ever read the work of Mark Twain or watched any number of classic movies is aware that steamboats with giant paddle wheels once traveled up and down the Mississippi River on a regular basis. There were grand boats with multiple decks and featured casinos, shows and balconies overlooking the water.
While these large paddle wheelers have not been used for nearly a century for the purpose of transportation, they have served as popular tourist attractions. However, the boats that are left are reproductions of the original giant paddle wheelers. In fact the Mississippi Queen currently operating on the river is a modern replacement of another replica constructed in 1976. Continue reading