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Mark Thrice

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Jul 2, 2010
I certainly miss those olden days, when river boats, similar to the above-pictured stern-wheeler, the Robert E. Lee, would dock on a regular schedule at the concrete bridge on West Grand Avenue, where a huge array of warehouse buildings served the thriving Port of Campbell, as it began to be called, beginning immediately after the Civil War.

There would be a bustle of activity, as passengers debarked, and mercantile goods would be offloaded to be carried north on the Bull Moose train (the Frisco Railway Line) from Campbell to thriving communities like Valley Ridge, Powe, and Dexter.

That river boat and its predecessors plied their trade from 1847 until those devastating years when Wood Duck Creek became impassible from the debris deposited along Campbell's Frisco Street during the massive floods of 1919-1920.

From Campbell, the Robert E. Lee would take Wood Duck Creek south to the St. Francis River, thence to the Mississippi River, with the river boat's southern terminus at New Orleans. In deference to its importance, Campbell was listed first in the name of the river boat line. Thus, the full name was The Campbell - New Orleans River Boat Corridor and World Trade Route.

Sadly, those glorious days are gone forever, and 18-wheelers have taken over the primary drayage business.
Stinky Twinky

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Jul 2, 2010
Mark Thrice wrote:
I certainly miss those olden days, when river boats, similar to the above-pictured stern-wheeler, the Robert E. Lee, would dock on a regular schedule at the concrete bridge on West Grand Avenue, where a huge array of warehouse buildings served the thriving Port of Campbell, as it began to be called, beginning immediately after the Civil War.
There would be a bustle of activity, as passengers debarked, and mercantile goods would be offloaded to be carried north on the Bull Moose train (the Frisco Railway Line) from Campbell to thriving communities like Valley Ridge, Powe, and Dexter.
That river boat and its predecessors plied their trade from 1847 until those devastating years when Wood Duck Creek became impassible from the debris deposited along Campbell's Frisco Street during the massive floods of 1919-1920.
From Campbell, the Robert E. Lee would take Wood Duck Creek south to the St. Francis River, thence to the Mississippi River, with the river boat's southern terminus at New Orleans. In deference to its importance, Campbell was listed first in the name of the river boat line. Thus, the full name was The Campbell - New Orleans River Boat Corridor and World Trade Route.
Sadly, those glorious days are gone forever, and 18-wheelers have taken over the primary drayage business.
What chew trippin' on Thrice? The riverboat never docked at Campbell, only at Crowley's ridge. And that was only when the river was up, WAAAAY up!!!!
Overboard

United States

#3 Jul 2, 2010
Did this really happen in Campbell ? A river in town is not what I was thinking when I grew up. Where did the river go.???
Jim

United States

#4 Jul 10, 2010
I think Mark has been chewing a little wild wood weed.
Ben Thair

United States

#5 Jul 12, 2010
That must have been some good stuff there Mark.

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