• An explosion of light as the sun strikes the waters of the Missouri National Recreational River


    National Recreational River SD,NE

Living History


Telling the story of Capt. Marsh and the bully

NPS photo

Life on the Missouri: Adventure, Excitement, & Romance?

It's 1877, and former steamboat officer John Nelson tells stories of the river, steamboats, and the people he has met in nearly 40 years on the Missouri. Nelson is a fictional character based on actual accounts of riverboat life. Some stories are of actual events; others are fiction based on conditions and events of the era.









Did You Know?

Steamboats after 1881 Flood

The average lifespan of a Missouri River steamboat was 5.7 years. Twenty percent of these boats sank before their third season. More...