My grandmother was born in 1878 in Cannelton, Ind. She had relatives in Louisville so they traveled quite a bit apparently between those two places....about 110 river miles if my memory serves me correctly. The only way to do this back then was by boat. When she talked about it, she never mentioned whether the boats were magnificent, the food was good, the rooms comfortable; to her it was just what you did..."we came up by boat". The only outstanding thing she remembered is they were coming up to Louisville to attend a wedding and sometime during the night the boat ran aground on a sandbar so they didn't make it to the wedding. My point being that traveling by boat was so common people took the boat itself in stride, much like we do airplanes today.