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Old 07-12-2009, 02:13 PM
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Default steamer ALTON

Today in History notes the ALTON's collision (now allision pc) with a bridge. Here is a view of her as she is taking on/dropping off passengers at those beautiful white bluffs in the Alton Illinois area. According to Way (207), the ALTON was built at Howard in 1906. She was 241 x 38 x 7.3. Engines made by St. Louis Iron and Machine Co. She was built for the Eagle Packet Co. and Commodore Henry Leyhe was her Master until his death in 1914. (Buck and Henry were his nephews). She was intended to be a day packet between St. Louis and Alton, but an experimental excursion trip proved so successful that's the only trade she did. The SPREAD EAGLE, which was what she was planned to replace, was revamped and kept in the packet trade. The ALTON took part in the 1907 Teddy Roosevelt Parade, carrying 14 state governors while Teddy rode the MISSISSIPPI (1st). The ALTON was demolished in the ice at the Duck's Nest in Paducah in 1918.
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