Captain Anthony Meldahl in the pilothouse of the Queen City , ca. 1906. The Queen City , owned by the Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Packet line, was launched in June 1897. Photo courtesy Inland Rivers Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Tall Stacks: Celebration
of Steamboating Legacy
The project traces the impact the steamboating
era and 19th-century river travel has had on the Ohio Valley
region, specifically the development of the City of
Approximately every four years, the City of
Cincinnati commemorates its steamboating heritage with a nationally
recognized celebration: Tall Stacks. The largest gathering of river
boats in America, the Tall Stacks festival is a celebration of
Cincinnati's river heritage and the steamboat era in America. River
boat cruises, historic re-enactments, and musical entertainment are
among the three-day event's attractions. An educational program
affiliated with the festival has been implemented in schools
throughout the country. Originated in 1988, it is attended by
hundreds of thousands of people.
Originally submitted by: Rob Portman, Representative (2nd District).
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