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Old 04-24-2013, 05:24 PM
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Location: On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky
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Default Ingenuity on the River

Just came across a unique photo, taken during the BIG flood of 1973, at the St. Louis riverfront. The high water covering Wharf Street (now L.K. Sullivan Blvd.) put the riverboats out of business for an extended period. Goldenrod Showboat/Str. Becky Thatcher owner Frank C. Pierson came up with a plan to stay in business. He placed a series of small floats from the steps of the Gateway Arch to the gangplank of the Goldenrod so patrons could come aboard to enjoy the melodramas, ragtime music and the two barrooms. The Becky was moored alongside the showboat and one of her stacks shows in the image.

Hard to believe this was taken FOUR DECADES ago. It seems like yesterday! And now the ol' Mississip' is on another ramage!
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