Kids in awe of the Delta Queen.

Kids in awe of the Delta Queen.

As the Delta Queen was docked in Cape Girardeau, MO, a group of schoolchildren assembled along the riverfront to see the boat. It weighed heavy on my heart as I realized this might be the last time for them to see an authentic steamboat. There are so many river towns that will lose this educational icon which illustrates how our country grew westward. It was the transportation provided by the steamboats that also made possible migration, and new agricultural and industrial opportunities.

I desperately hope that these kids will see the Delta Queen again.

Potential Delta Queen passengers for the 2058 season!

Potential Delta Queen passengers for the 2058 season!

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