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Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath: Steamboats on Alabama Rivers, with Tom McGehee

January, 24th 2018 | Posted in Arts and Culture Community Events


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Long before there were highways or railroads in Alabama, the rivers provided the only choice to move passengers and freight. The age of steam travel on those rivers lasted from the 1830s until the early 20th century, when railroads and improved roads made them obsolete. Walter Bellingrath shipped his Coca-Cola cases on many a river steamer in the early 1900s, and his father-in-law was a shipwright a skilled carpenter who built and repaired the boats. Join Tom McGehee to explore the beginnings of the era of river steamers, their peak in the 1890s and their sad end by World War I. The event is part of the Winter Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in January and February. Visit bellingrath.org for the full schedule. Start/End Time: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Bellingrath Gardens, and Home - 251-973-2217 or bellingrath@bellingrath.org




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