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Old 09-25-2006, 09:39 AM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Hi, Bruce:
Fascinating insight on "paved roads...railroads...Marietta, OH." in your posting. Yes, Alan Bates, you and others, bring up a good point on the development of the U.S. highway systems along the rivers and back into the hinterlands. Other observers have also mentioned the perfection of higher quality auto/truck tires and the evolution of the trucking industry as we know it today. A lot of school history texts focus on "The railroads destroyed the steamboat business." True but not true. The railroads for a considerable time linked hand-in-hand with the steamboats for transfer of freight and passengers. Some of the railroad companies had interest--or total ownership--in steamboat/steamship lines to bind their system. One good example was Cincinnati's Jacob Strader [*Sidewheeler JACKB STRADER] who branched from steamboats to the formation of the 'Little Miami Railroad' as seen in the Fontayne & Porter panorama of Cincinnati, 1848. Some rail experts declare the views of the LMR rail cars and rolling stock to be among--if not the first--good views of rail equipment we have.

The late John Burns, son of old Jim Burns who built the DELTA QUEEN/DELTA KING, said his dad was 'cautious' in the plan to build the two boats for the Sacramento River as the highway system, advances in heavy rubber tires and new bridges would be a potential threat to the business for the two river queens. When Jim Burns presented his thinking to the officers of the 'California Transportation Co.' he was given the message to either get with the plans for the two new boats or move on down the road.

Cheers and thanks,
R. Dale Flick

PS> Sorry that just 'R. Dale Flick' came up on my initial posting but I forgot to type the title in the appropriate box and hit 'Post.'
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