National Geographic : 1931 May
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE SULPHUR, WATER-BORNE FROM GALVESTON, IS TRANSFERRED TO RAIL AT CAIRO Three-thousand-ton steel barges traveling in fleets of eight or ten carry large quantities of freight between Gulf and lower-river ports and the cities of Illinois. This inland waterway traffic was greatly stimulated by the transportation emergencies that came with the World War. © National Geographic Society Finlay Direct Color Photographs "COTTON BLOSSOM II," STILL IN SERVICE AFTER 53 YEARS ON THE RIVER The old showboat is tied up at Meredosia. Behind her is the Grace Devers, her pusher. The showboat idea is experiencing a revival of popularity and in summer this veteran trouper plies the waters of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers, presenting old-fashioned melodramas.