Welcome To Pilgrims and Pioneers!

After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Delta Queen




Built in 1926, gleaming with four decks of teak and original Tiffany-style stained-glass windows, Delta Queen accommodates just 176 guests, all in outside staterooms. Unique touches abound, including a rare ironwood floor gracing the Orleans Room, the heart of the ship's nightlife, and an 1897 steam calliope that was once salvaged from a sunken showboat and sold to a circus. You'll even find the very same ship's bell that sounded out landings for the steamboat Mark Twain rode downriver in 1883.
Come listen to the clang of that historic bell announcing your own shore landings. Dance on the floor Presidents Hoover, Truman, and Carter have graced. Grab a cup of coffee in the Forward Cabin Lounge and watch the sun burn off the mist over the Mississippi. Take your place in history, today. http://www.majesticamericaline.com/
The Delta Queen has 80 crew members and a guest capacity of 176.
It has 88 state rooms and 5 public rooms.
The steam boat is 285 feet in length and 60 feet in width.


In 2000 while staying in Hannibal, Mo. I looked out my hotel window one morning and saw this magnificent river boat. Even though I was two blocks away I could tell this was a very large steam boat. I quickly dressed and walked the two blocks to get a better look. I was not disappointed- the steamboat was amazing! An elderly couple came along and asked if I would use their camera to take their picture in historic downtown Hannibal. Of course I did- and I also asked them about their cruise on this wonderful steamboat. They said they had left St.Paul, MN and would end their cruise in St. Louis, Mo. They said it was the most wonderful trip they had ever been on. I vowed to myself that day that I would too one day take the St.Paul? St. Louis cruise.


But alas that will not happen. This year is the last season for the magnificent Delta Queen.


There is a law that does not allow overnight cruises on wooden hulled boats. There have been several exemptions granted to the Delta Queen by Congress that has allowed the cruising to continue, this year that exemption was not granted. There have been several campaigns to try to save her but if my info is correct it has not happened- so good by Delta Queen and good by dream.


Wanting to see the inside of this boat I went to the website and found a picture of a stateroom- absolutely beautiful!

5 comments:

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Oh what a shame, I read your post and immediately wanted to go too. It would be like Scarlett O'hara to stay on there, never seen it but my heart aches that it will be no more. Thanks for the great posts I do so enjoy them.

*Rondell*

Debra said...

Thanks so much for the compliment Rondell- I am so glad you enjoy my blog!
I too would have loved to step back in time and ride this great steam boat!

Debra said...

Thanks so much for the compliment Rondell- I am so glad you enjoy my blog!
I too would have loved to step back in time and ride this great steam boat!

kmclaughlin said...

love your blog!! keep up the great job!!

Debra said...

Thanks Kim! So glad you are enjoying it!

Prairie Wild Morning Glory

Prairie  Wild Morning Glory

Prairie Phlox

Prairie Phlox

Prairie Sundrops

Prairie Sundrops

The Famous Rock!

The Famous Rock!
Plymouth Rock dated 1620

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
The Village

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
A Keeping Room