Steamboatin’ on the Missouri

Steamboats on the Missouri River were once an extremely important means of transportation for both people and products coming to Nebraska. The Nebraska State Historical Society holds a number of great resources of information about steamboat travel and navigation. Here is an image of a typical steamboat found on the Missouri River in the 1870s.

Image of the steamboat "Red Cloud" on the Missouri (NSHS RG2593.PH0-000021).

Image of the steamboat "Red Cloud" on the Missouri (NSHS RG2593.PH0-000021).

Besides photographs, the NSHS Archives also holds various reminiscences, diaries and letters describing steamboat travel. Here is a bill of lading for the Evening Star.

Evening Star bill of lading (NSHS RG0980.AM)

Evening Star bill of lading (NSHS RG0980.AM)


If you’re interested in the history of steamboat travel, just contact our Library/Archives Division for more information!

-Tom Mooney, Curator of Manuscripts

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