The Inland Waterways Festival is held in odd-numbered years in Marietta, OH. It is a project of Ohio River Museum which houses the extensive collection of Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen. It is also a partnership with Washington County Public Library.
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October 2014 represented the 100th anniversary of a unique steamboat, the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, ex-IDLEWILD and AVALON, in a dramatic history of firsts including most rivers and mileage logged. Capt. Doc Hawley calculates it was some 12,000 miles per year as the AVALON. A gala celebration was set for October of this year. There were several belles present including the BELLE OF CINCINNATI and SPIRIT OF PEORIA, many with two legs, but when the BELLE is spoken of here, it is the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. Continue reading