Our “How’d they get here?” transportation series will continue shortly, starting with lots of info on Great Lakes steamboats. Here’s a teaser:
Catlin, George, Artist, and St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. St. Louis in 1832. From an original painting by Geo. Catlin in possession of the Mercantile Library Association. Library of Congress. Click to open larger image new window.
I had a post ready to go this morning, but as I did further research, I realized that I need to sort out several American steamships that shared the name Illinois in the 1830s-’50s era. One is important to Milwaukee and some of our Mequon pioneers…but the others are not. Alas.
Back soon with all the details, once I get my facts straight.