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1st steamboat through Lock 26

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Old 06-02-2009, 04:34 PM
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Default 1st steamboat through Lock 26

Today in History notes that the first steamboat passed through the new Lock 26 at Alton in 1937. Does anybody know what boat that was?
Of course, that new lock is no more, with the newer bigger set a bit downriver.
The opening of the new Keokuk lock 19 on June 10, 1913, was greatly publicized with the famous photo of the G.W. HILL and the Streckfus' SIDNEY in the lock together (controversy on who was first), but who did the honors at Alton 72 years ago today?
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