Louisville, KY

See also: Jeffersonville, IN, which is very close by, right on the opposite side of the Ohio River.


Built in 1914 as steamer IDLEWILD (#2728) and renamed AVALON (#0403) in 1948 the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE (#0524-A) was purchased by the Jefferson County Fiscal Court in 1962. The boat underwent a complete renovation and was renamed. On April 31st 1963, the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE ran a staged race against the DELTA QUEEN (#1504). This Kentucky Derby Steamboat Race is held every year. The BELLE OF LOUISVILLE and her sister SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON are running sightseeing cruises (lunch and dinner available). See website for schedules.

Belle of Louisville

From I-64 West take Third Street Exit and turn left onto River Road, veer right of highway r amp at Second Street. From I-64 East take Ninth Street Exit, left onto Market Street, left onto Seventh Street, follow curve to River Road, veer right of highway ramp at Second Street.

Howard Family’s grave site

The Howard Family’s grave site is located in Cave Hill National Cemetery in Louisville. The main monument is a tall obelisk on each side are engraved panels with the life history of James Howard and the shipyard. See Google Maps link below for the exact location of the grave site.

Cave Hill National Cemetery