Steamboats at a Monroe Landing

Here is my newest postcard I have added to my collection! It was mailed in 1907.

It shows two steamboats docked probably about where the Children’s Museum is now. It was where the Monroe Grocery and the Keller Grocery had their warehouses and the Monroe Ice Factory sat. Docked at the landing were the Handy and the Bob Blanks. The Handy was built in 1903 and was a small Monroe cotton packet servicing the area cotton landings. It sunk in 1909 at Baton Rouge during a large storm. The Bob Blanks was also built in 1903 and served the New Orleans to Monroe route taking cotton to market. You can see the bales piled up on the lower decks! It burned at Raccourci Landing in 1912.

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