Tulane has a very impressive steamboat collection. Among the collection is this beauty: https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:75015 I think they have the date wrong though. The Ouachita Belle was built in Louisville, KY for Captain Fred Blanks' line and made it to New Orleans in December that year to start her run. She travelled up and down the … Continue reading The Ouachita Belle
This is a postcard I bought on Ebay. It shows the steamboat Frank B. Hayne at a landing somewhere in Monroe (Pine street maybe?). The postcard was written on the back with a date of 1912. The image though, has to be a bit older than that. The Frank B. Hayne was built in Jeffersonville, … Continue reading Steamboat Landing on the Ouachita – Circa 1905
This steamboat was a familiar sight up and down the Ouachita river. The Steamer America was a Cooley boat, captained by L.V. Cooley, brother of G.B.
This ad appeared in the Louisiana State Gazette newspaper (New Orleans, LA) on the front page of the Feb. 19, 1820 issue. Only a few months before, this boat landed at Fort Miro for the first time. It was the first steamboat that ever came to the fort. The citizens were so excited, they threw … Continue reading Ad for the Steamboat James Monroe
This lost little piece of Ouachita history comes to us all the way from an Iowa newspaper. It details the fight for the right of a woman to pilot a riverboat against the most powerful riverboat family on the Ouachita. Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA) June 22, 1890, Page 11 A SAILOR IN PETTICOATS … Continue reading The First Female Pilot on the Ouachita River
From the Collection of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. The above photo comes from a scrapbook held in the Special Collections department. It shows the Pargoud Line steamboat the Bob Blanks coming through one of the bridges at Monroe. I believe that is the railroad bridge and the person taking the photo is standing on … Continue reading Steamer Bob Blanks in 1907
Picture of a bygone era. The Steamboat America (piloted by Captain Cooley) docked on the West Monroe side of the Ouachita River. You can see the Ouachita Parish Courthouse in the background.