Publication: Nixon-Jones Printing Co, 1889, Saint Louis
First edition. 8vo. Burgundy decorated cloth, gilt stamping on front cover and spine, xv , 749  pp., frontis., [portrait], preface, introductory remarks, illustrated. Contains a history of steam as a propelling power on water, the first steamboats on the Hudson, Delaware, and Ohio Rivers, navigation of western rivers before steam, description of first steam boats, steamboats and their effect upon the settlement of the valley of the Mississippi, appropriations by Congress for the improvement of western water ways, Murrel and his gang of pirates, second Yellowstone expedition, Battle of Little Big Horn, death of General Custer, rapid increase and decline of river transportation, causes of the decline, destruction of steamboats on western waters, steamboat versus railroad, and much more. Also chapters on Robert Fulton. Contains biographies of river boat captains not obtainable elsewhere. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, else a fine, tight copy of an important and informative book.
Inventory Number: 47183