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Old 01-24-2010, 05:20 PM
Alan Bates Alan Bates is offline
 
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A lot of them were not. Queen City had a white wheel for a time. Parts of the Bertrand's paddlewheel were painted with red lead, which leaned heavily to orange. Red Lead was a cheap and durable paint. A lot of wheels were unpainted, expecially in winter when they got torn up too often to paint. Sidewheelers' paddlewheels were frequently unpainted at all.

For a couple of seasons the Avalon's wheel had two buckets with signs. The first one was marked "VISIT OUR" the following one (while coming ahead) was marked "GIFT SHOP," a message that was repeated about fifteen times a minute.
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