Steamboat Montana and the Opening of the West: History, Excavation, and Architecture / Edition 1

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Overview

The Montana was a shining example of modern design and technological sophistication when it made its maiden voyage in 1879. But it is remembered for its ironic end: only five years after it was launched, the Montana struck a railroad bridge near Bridgeton, Missouri, and sank.
 
One of the largest stern-wheel vessels ever to navigate a western river, the Montana was built to compete with railroads. The recent archaeological excavation of its wreckage, combined with a wealth of written and visual material documenting its construction and use, offers fascinating insights into a little-known aspect of Western expansion.
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Meet the Author

Annalies Corbin is the executive director of the PAST Foundation and is the author of The Life and Times of the Steamboat Red Cloud or How Merchants, Mounties, and the Missouri Transformed the West. Bradley A. Rodgers, professor of nautical archaeology at East Carolina University, is the author of Guardian of the Great Lakes: The U.S. Paddle Frigate Michigan.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Rediscovering a Local Legend 1

2 The Wild West: Historical Setting 7

3 "A Most Cantankerous River": Taming the Missouri 28

4 Excavating the Montana 52

5 Construction and Engineering 86

6 Epilogue 112

Notes 119

Bibliography 127

Index 133

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