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Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director




2009 NHL First Place Winner

Photo of Belle of Louisville (River Steamboat) by Philip Groshong

Belle of Louisville (Steamboat)
Louisville, Kentucky

Photographer: Philip Groshong

Belle of Louisville, launched in 1914 as Idlewild from Pittsburgh, is one of only two sternwheel river passenger boats operating under steam and is the sole remaining Western Rivers day packet boat. When she was built, the boat served primarily as a ferry. In later years, she served as a day packet carrying freight and passengers, an excursion boat carrying tourists, and a towboat during the Second World War. Today, the Belle of Louisville serves as an excursion steamboat on the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. With its canopied pilothouse, jaunty stacks, and sternwheel, the Belle of Louisville epitomizes the majestic riverboat era on America’s western waters.


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