Helena, Arkansas is almost a ghost town on a good day. The Civil War soldiers stationed here nicknamed it with an alternate pronunciation: “Hell-in Arkansas” and the nickname is still pretty accurate. This is one of those river communities that has struggled with terrible economic challenges. They do offer a very nice shore tour here and (other than a chance to stretch the legs) that is the primary reason for the stop.

We were so pleased to have Mayor Valley and several community representatives join us for the Tribute Event. He expressed very kind and sincere words about the significance of the Delta Queen’s economic benefit to the city.

Here’s a shot of the Delta Queen tied up alongside the American Queen in Helena:

A view of the DQ's stern from the American Queen.
A view of the DQ

Helena has a little harbor we pull in to and both boats were a tight squeeze. Backing out is quite a feat, expertly handled by the Captain and Pilots. Here is the DQ backing out around the point: