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Old 08-28-2009, 02:52 PM
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Today in History notes the last trip of the steam sternwheel towboat LONE STAR, so here are some pictures taken last week of her in her new glass house in LeClaire Iowa. I had not been up there since the glass enclosure was built around her, and it is an impressive site now, with displays all around her inside the enclosure. You can climb all over the boat, except in the pilothouse, and it is well-labeled. It is still a work in progress, but it is well worth a visit. The LONE STAR is part of the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, on the riverfront. The CITY OF BATON ROUGE and the TWILIGHT are docked immediately downstream from the LONE STAR. Unfortunately this glass/metal enclosure obscures the LONE STAR from the river, but it was necessary to preserve the boat. She had been rotting away as long ago as 1981 when Keith and I almost went through the engine room floor in a rotted area. All the deck areas have been repaired, but you can get a great view of a wooden hull untouched since it was put on at the Kahlke Boatyard in Rock Island in 1957 - this was the last big project done at Kahlke's.
1) Look closely and you might see the LONE STAR behind the glass. The paddlewheel had been on display at the Rock Island casino site. It ostensibly is the first wheel of the SPIRIT OF PEORIA which was replaced due to its weight.
2) That's Pat Trayor and Matt Dow in the LS Engine Room. Surprisingly, Matt is taking pictures...
3) The tubes in one of the boilers.
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