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Old 06-29-2014, 11:20 PM
Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rock Island, Illinois mile 480 UMR
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Default Your LONE STAR visit

Glad you got to visit her and it is good to see your enthusiasm! I live just downriver 16 miles and so have visited her often. Yes, she certainly is in better shape now than probably ever since she was pulled up out of the river in the late 60s. The fact that you were in the pilothouse shows very recent progress - that wasn't accessible a year or so ago. They have done a nice job displaying items along the walkway surrounding the boat too. This is an example of what a small community can do if they have the desire and leadership. Unless the TWILIGHT passengers arrive a day early, they are unable to visit the museum and boat, but quite a few do come in early and see the town. Did you happen to go aboard the CITY OF BATON ROUGE, her wharf boat? There's another historic vessel for you. As to whether there have been any plans drawn, I don't have any idea. The last master of the LONE STAR, Glenn Johnson, lives in Prophetstown. You might contact him to see what he knows. He spoke to our Midwest Riverboat Buffs a couple of years ago and gave an interesting talk on his LS days.
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