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“Neat place to Learn about Steamboats”

Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

This historic 1870's mansion is a neat place to learn about the history of the building of paddle wheel steamboats

1  Thank Rob B
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

What an interesting museum. This very old Victorian Mansion was home and headquarters of the Howard Steamboat Builders. It contains many examples of steamboat building. Learn about what made these beautiful boats if yesteryear so desired. The craftsmanship, detailed construction and beautiful rail led entry's and colorful stained glass windows. You will learn that the doorways to the suites were never squared on all sides but that only the hinge side was straight. The doors were contoured to the vessels incline. Learn about its steam powered engines that provided power to its paddles. There are side Paddlewheel boats and Rear Paddlewheel Boats. The entry is usually made from the front of the. Edsel to keep people away from its paddle-wheels. Learn about the meanings of the steam whistles and the language of navigators of these glamorous old river boats. This is an extremely informative museum. You will not find any entire Steamboats here but you will see many relics of yesteryear, Pilot Houses, Ships Belks and Whistles as well as a full sized paddle-wheel. Learn from a company who constructed and launched them into the Ohio River where they could travel to the Mississippi River. Travel back to the days of these Grand Old River Boats and the Days of Mark Twain.

3  Thank RLW306
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

This home is beautiful and showcases the workmanship of craftsmen who worked across the street building steamboats. It is truly amazing that this home survived both fire and flood. The grand staircase, modeled after the ones found on the steamboats, is truly an astounding sight.

3  Thank BSU-ISU
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Our guide, Lowell Smith, was wonderful. At 88 years young he regaled us with his wonderful wit. HIs knowledge of steamboat building, the Howard family and life in the mid 1800's brought history alive. His first hand recounting of his experiences in WW2 made us a captive audience.

2  Thank phyllis644
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Our tour guide was cordial, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. There are many, many interesting items in the museum's collection. Our eleven-year old ended up enjoying the visit even though he was hot and tired after a soccer game. The mansion has modern air-conditioning. There's a flyer at the entrance for a free self-guided walking tour of the grounds. We'll walk the grounds next time. Free parking along the street behind the mansion.

2  Thank Soccerfamily474
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