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The Steamboat Montana and the Opening of the West: History, Excavation, and Architecture

Annalies Corbin


This book tells of the Montana, which 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 i ... More

Keywords: Montana, railroad, stern-wheel vessel, western river, Western expansion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032542
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annalies Corbin, author
East Carolina University