Reading List

A list of steamboat books in my private library follows.  A list of books that I have read and continue to adjust.


Historical Details.

1.  Frederick Way, Jr., Way’s Packet Directory, 1848-1994, (Ohio University Press, Athens, 1994).
2.  Joel Overholser, Fort Benton World’s Innermost Port, (River & Plains Society, 1987).
3.  John G Lepley, Packets to Paradise Steamboating to Fort Benton, (River & Plains Society, 2001).
4.  William E Lass, Navigating the Missouri Steamboating on Nature’s Highway, 1819-1935, (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007).
5.  Charles Dana Gibson and E Kay Gibson, Dictionary of Transports and Combatant Vessels Steam and Sail Employed by the Union Army 1861-1868, (Ensign Press, 1995).
6.  Arthur B Fox, Pittsburgh during the American Civil War 1860-1865, (Mechling Bookbindery, 2002).
7.  JK Folmar I, California, PA 1849-1881: The History of a Boat Building Town, (Yohogania Press, 2009).
8.  William M Lytle and Forrest R Holdcamper, Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States 1790-1868, (The Steamship Historical Society Of America, Inc, Staten Island, New York, 1975).
9.  Michael E Nogay, Every Home a Fort, Every Man a Warrior, (Tri-State Publishing Co, Steubenville, OH, 2009).

10.  Raymond P Ewing, Mark Twain’s Steamboat Years, The Years od Command, (Cave Hollow Steamboat Landing, Hannibal, MO,1981).


Travel Literature.

1.  William Least Heat-Moon, River-Horse, (Houghton Mifflin Co, New York, 1999).
2.  Reuben Gold Thwaites, Afloat on the Ohio, (Way and Williams, 1897).



1.  Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, (Bantam Dell, New York, New York, June 2007).
2.  John Brunner, The Great Steamboat Race, (Ballantine Books, New York, 1983).

Stories and Photographs.

1.  Denver and Eugenia Walton and Bob Bauder, Rivers of Destiny, (Beaver County Historical Research and Landmark Foundation, 1999).
2.  Norbury L Wayman, Life on the River, (Bonanza Books, 1971).
4.  Phil Cole, Steamboat Echoes, (RBT Communications, 1996).
5.  Benjamin and  Eleanor Klein, The Ohio River Handbook and Picture Album, (Young and Klein, Inc, 1950).
6.  Ken Robison, Fort Benton,  (Arcadia Publishing, 2009).
7. Presented by the Beaver County Times, Historical Voyage Pictorial Review of the Beaver Valley, (PEN Publishing, 2004).



1.  Capt Ellis C Mace, River Steamboats and Steamboat Men, (The Hopson Book Press, Cynthiana, KY, 1944).
William J Petersen, The Keokuk Packet Company, (Iowa Journal of History, Jul 1952).
William J Petersen, Steamboating on the Missouri, (Iowa Journal of History, Apr 1955).
James F Mullooly, Steamboat ‘Round the Bend, (Fort Vance Historical Society, 1994).
Capt Jesse Hughes, Cap’n Hughes’ Steamboat Sketches, (The Picture Marine Publishing Co, Cincinnati, OH, 1951).
Frederick Way, Jr, The Saga of the Delta Queen, (The Picture Marine Publishing Co, Cincinnati, OH, 1951).
Frank L Tueton, Steamboat Days on the Tennessee River, (Frank L Tueton, Washington, DC, 1967).
8.  Herbert L Roush, Sr,The Adventures of T. C. Collins ―Boatman Twenty-four Years on the Western Rivers, 1849-1873, (Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore, 1985).

9.  Captain William L Heckman, Steamboating Sixty-Five Years on Missouri Rivers, (Burton Publishing, 1950).

10.  Charles Henry Ambler, A History of Transportation in the Ohio Valley, (The Arthur H Clark Company, Glendale , CA) 1932.

11.  Frederick J Worden,  Racing for the Broom and other Upper Mississippi Exploits of a Record Setting Steamboat Captain, (Fredrick J Worden, Largo, FL) ,1986.





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