Steamboat Bicentennial

200th Anniversary of the First Steamboat down the Ohio River








This fall marks the bicentennial of the first steamboat, the New Orleans, to travel down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Nicholas Roosevelt and his family started the journey at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1811 and arrived at New Orleans in January of 1812.


Do you know what else happen that eventful year?

  •  It was the year of a great squirrel migration across the Ohio River from Indiana to Kentucky.
  •  There was the New Madrid Fault System earthquake of 1811 with a reading over 7.0
  •  The Battle of Tippecanoe began on November 7, 1811
  •  The Great Comet passed over North America




This year there will be numerous events about the steamboat and its impact on the Evansville and the Northwest Territory. You can read more about the history and the incredible journey of the Roosevelt family at the Hanover College River Institute, .


Here is a list of events happening in Evansville and surrounding areas.

Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration
Howard Steamboat Museum, Jeffersonville, IN September 23 – 25, 2011

University of Southern Indiana Colloquium
   River Colloquium  September 29, 2011

Historic Southern Indiana 

Indiana’s Historic Pathways Teacher’s Workshop 3rd and 4th grade teachers
   October 4, 2011

Steamboat Celebration at Madison, Indiana

   October 14-16, 2011

River Institute at Hanover College Steamboat Symposium
   October 21, 2011

Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library

“Steamboat a Comin’: The Legacy of the New Orleans” Exhibit
   October 25-November 30, 2011

Evansville Museum
“Evansville on the Ohio” Exhibit
   November 6, 2011-February 26, 2012


Belle of Cincinnati at Evansville
    Dinner Cruise –  November 8, 2011 7:00pm to 9:00pm



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