UPDATE: This section will now include any and all maritime references, whether the item is a ship's passenger list, news of a shipwreck on the Atlantic or Pacific, or news from one of America's riverboats.
This special section of TheOldenTimes.com features old newspaper articles about life on the
America's great rivers. Originally, I included only the Mississippi River
system, but since transportation by water was important throughout the
country, I'm adding any and all steamboat & river life references here.
America's rivers have long
been an important commercial shipping route, but they were once also an
important way for folks to get around. Travel by water was often faster and
safer than travel by land. Otherwise, it was a horse and "iffy" roads,
Departures and arrivals,
occasional passenger news, shipping company news, cargos, river levels and
weather all interested the folks whose livelihoods depended on the river, as
well as travelers. Most of the Memphis newspapers carried a
daily River News section, and I suspect that most river town newspapers up
and down the Mississippi did the same. Since I have more Memphis papers than
papers from those other towns, that's what you'll see the most of.... for