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carole matthews 05-08-2015 10:36 PM

Goldenrod Showboat Update/
HI WAYNE Carole Matthews here.Keep up the good work an fundraising an I know some day we will see the iconic Goldenrod Showboat once again redone and back at doing what she has always done. Side Note Been talking to Mark at production co.He is their casting director an once they get done with the abandoned riverboat project he indicated Goldenrod an Delta Queen may be down the road.They are looking at a closed up casino in Belle Chase Louisana for the show.Had me looking up all the closed or abandoned riverboats in the United States WHEW. Keith at the Howard he is trying to reach for his comments.Carole from POMpano Beach Fla

Judy Patsch 05-09-2015 07:59 AM

no need to look up
No need to look up all the abandoned casinos. I identified it in an early posting: the BOOMTOWN BELLE. It was in the Harvey Canal on the Westbank and had a very short career. The few times it left the dock it traveled only a few hundred yards. Louisiana caved in earlier than other states, allowing casino boats to stop running about 6 months into the industry. As to reaching Keith, you won't. He is very busy, in the final process of setting up their big Arts and Antique Show fundraiser for next weekend, and he has no information nor interest in the BOOMTOWN BELLE anyway.

carole matthews 05-09-2015 09:13 AM

Goldenrod Showboat Update/ Boomtown Belle
Judy I will pass your comments on to Mark from the production co.They wanted to talk to Keith to get his comments on riverboats in general not the Boomtown Belle in particular an its too late I already looked up all the abandoned riverboats I could find an there are ALOT of them our there.Its a still in the planning stages they are hoping for 5 seasons.Carole Matthews

Wayne White 06-02-2015 01:35 PM

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Just wanted to post an update to this thread. Sunday we held a work day aboard the Goldenrod Showboat. We accomplished quite a bit aboard the boat but unfortunately i was so busy i didn't get many pictures taken. Thanks to a generous donor we built a second ramp from the bank to the landing barge this will allow for those taking tours or attending events much easier access to the showboat. No more climbing ladders to get on and off the boat. We also worked on more security items aboard the boat as well as placed screens in windows to allow better air flow though the boat especially during hot weather.

We also pumped water from the hull during the day to continue to drop the water level from condensation and rain water that had entered the boat over a long amount of time. We are very pleased how this second ramped turned out and we appreciated the efforts of the two who built it Sunday afternoon. Floors were mopped and swept as well as upkeep of the property during the day. The roadside shoulder was weed eated as well as the area around the bank approach to the boat. We wish to thank all volunteers who showed up and gave of their time Sunday it was a very enjoyable day! The first two pictures are of the new ramp being put together and the last one is a shot from the upper story walkway at the front of the boat looking upriver.

carole matthews 06-15-2015 09:30 AM

Island Queen Riverboat Deck Collapses April 1922
Nebraska St.Journal April 28 1922.Nice article re deck collapse of Island Queen.President Harding was supposed to be on it but on the advice of his aide an due to the boats age he took another newer government owned boat in a flotilla of 7 boats. Only 3 injuries none life threatening. Don't know if anyone interested but article was so well written you were transported back in time an felt like you were right there when it happened. Article is titled Richmond Ohio Deck Collapses on Riverboat Island Queen. Carole Matthews Pompano Beach Fla. I noticed a picture on this site of the IQ showing it after the deck collapsed.

Jim Reising 06-16-2015 12:33 PM

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Picture of the ISLAND QUEEN taken by Clyde Howard as the boat passed the Cincinnati Marine Ways, the Howards acquired the Cincinnati yard around 1903 when they also got the yards in Madison, Paducah and Mound City.

Jim Blum 09-26-2017 07:16 PM

While this tread is over two years old & I have to admit that it has been quite some time since I paid a personal visit to the Goldenrod location the National Trust for Historic Preservation magazine PRESERVATION [Fall 2017] eased into our mailbox today.

On page 15 Listed as [LOST] a full page was devoted to the Goldenrod over half page color photo bleeding off to right side and text describes briefly the [1937 to May 2017] travails of the vessel.

Maybe someone has a September 2017 update.

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