National Geographic : 1963 Apr
Proud boats at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1911 cele brate a century of steam on western rivers. Nicholas J. Roosevelt launched the New Orleans at Pittsburgh in 1811. She puffed into the Crescent City 31/2 months later. R. W. Johnston mounted his panoramic camera on a telephone pole to make this centennial picture. Small white-hulled craft is a copy of the New Orleans. renown as "Big Mama" Historic 1870 photograph shows palatial saloon of the Great Republic. Victorian chandeliers and gingerbread woodwork lured passengers. Flanking the saloon were 54 staterooms. Early U. S. river boats named cabins for states along western rivers.