Learn about the problems boat captains faced in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. Piloting steamboats on the shallow Red River wasn’t without its share of problems: getting stuck, boats sinking, and turning the boats around were just some of the problems the boat captains faced.
Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.
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