This past Sunday, May 29, the sternwheeler riverboat “Belle of Cincinnati” pulled into port here in Madison drawing a good-sized crowd of curious onlookers. She tied off and stayed overnight,departing in the 8 a.m. hour the next morning.
These boats evoke the spirit of a bygone era,when the main mode of travel through the region was on the currents of the Ohio River. One can almost imagine these steam-powered boats as they wended their way along the bend in the river here that is Madison. Fortunately,even today,we are had the chance to enjoy these steam powered vessels as they pass thru,or even stop and allow their passengers time to explore Madison’s beautiful historic downtown, enjoying our many shops,restaurants,and friendly faces.
This October, Hanover College’s Rivers Institute will be helping to celebrate the bicentennial of the first riverboat to navigate the Ohio River. As part of that celebration,both the Belle of Cincinnati and the Belle of Louisville will be here in Madison. Docked tours will be offered,as well as a variety of packages for a cruise aboard one of the two boats. Click here to learn more about those events.