Point Pleasant, West Virginia yesterday hosted a wonderful Save the Delta Queen rally at their picturesque waterfront.

Point Pleasant, WV waterfront
Point Pleasant, WV waterfront
Members of the Point Pleasant High School drumline

Members of the Point Pleasant High School drumline

 

Music was provided by members of the Point Pleasant High School Drumline.

Louise and Tony Ellis also treated the crowd to some terrific old river songs. I understand Tony has a terrific collection of CDs available through his website at www.tonyellisbanjo.com. Here’s a snippet from their performance:

There were many kind words about the Delta Queen and testimonials about the economic impact the boat makes on the region. Charles Humphries of Main Street Point Pleasant helped organize and host the event. Guest speakers included Michelle Craig from the Region 2 Planning and Development Council; Bob Hood, the Executive Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Gallia County, Ohio; and Robert Dafford, the artist who has created the floodwall murals for Point Pleasant (and so many other river towns). Each spoke eloquently and passionately about the importance of preserving the Delta Queen.

I also was invited to speak and did my best to remind the crowd of the historical and economic significance of this American treasure. As I regularly do here, I urged the crowd to get involved and contact their Congressional representatives in the House and Senate.

We had a crowd of about 100 in attendance and regional print and broadcast media covered the event. It was a tremendous success.

Here’s a steam whistle salute to Point Pleasant for all their terrific support! CLICK HERE for a whistle salute.

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