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SteamPunk has helped me develop a love for the fast disappearing riverboats.  These steam powered paddle wheelers represented an era of eloquence that should not be forgotten.  This is a forum to share and discuss these floating palaces. 

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Riverboat Motel

Motel Shaped Like a Riverboat

Field review by the editors.

Branson, Missouri

We can't vouch for the caliber of the Riverboat Inn as a place to sleep, but we definitely recommend its exterior as a quasi-lifelike landlocked loggy replica of a Mississippi riverboat.

Unfortunately, a EF-2 tornado tore up the main drag in Branson in February 2012, and one casualty was the Riverboat Inn. In July, it was still a mess, with plastic tarps stretched over the damaged facades. No word on whether it will return with all its boat-on-land finery...

Comment by Captain on July 11, 2014 at 11:44am
Book Description: Createspace, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 229 x 152 mm. Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Hayden Lowe may or may not have killed a man out west. No one seems to know why he s back in River Town, though his friend, Lillian Conley, is keeping a private journal full of clues. Will Captain JD Dawson lose his beloved sternwheeler, the Miss Jayne Marie, in a winner-takes-all bet? Julia Hubbard has a secret project, Andrew Wilson is plotting on the dusty streets of River Town, and what about that strange Dame Roxalana? There is more to Roxie than anyone is willing to say. The men in the coal mines around River Town seem to be developing a mysterious condition that no one can explain, yet everyone is whispering about it. Before all is said and done, each of these characters will intersect in unexpected ways. The resolutions are as suspenseful as they are satisfying. River Town is a collection of short stories set in 1890s West Virginia. The combined work of six different authors, the tales range from adventure to romance, from intrigue to fantasy. Each story stands alone, yet together they take readers to a time along the Kanawha River just after the Civil War when families were still struggling to recover and as the railroad was first making its way through the mountains. The river was the center of everything. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781491295083
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Comment by Captain on July 9, 2014 at 9:36am

An interesting page on how to make your own paddlewheeler: 

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