The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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  • Louisville, KY- Resources and Industries.jpg

    Page from Louisville, KY- Resources and Industries highlighting the Carter's Dry Goods Company, located at 727 W. Main Street in Louisville.
  • OCB-16.jpg

    Fort Nelson Building, Louisville, Ky. (Jefferson County, Ky.) Main Street at 8th.
  • Fort Nelson - ARD-8.jpg

    Fort Nelson Building (detail of sheet metal top), 801 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky.
  • ARD-36.jpg

    Sheet Metal Crest on Top of Building, Carter Dry Goods Co., 727-729 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky.
  • AveryCatalog001.jpg

    Annual catalog no. 86, 1911-1912; Plows and cultivating implements, B. F. Avery & Sons, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., established 1825.
  • BelknapCatalog_001.jpg

    Front cover of the Belknap Catalog book
  • Sevey, Samuel Jr. (Mss. C S) - p. 1.jpg

    Sevey reports to his uncle on health, education, business, hunting, family and steamboats from both a personal and general perspective. Speaks specifically of personal business and profits, number of steamboats built in town and misfortunes and death of Captain Clough and his crew of the steamboat Buffaloe.
  • Letter - Mss. A T238d 18.jpg

    A letter of 15 November 1834 from Richard Taylor to Edmund Taylor describing the escape of John Taylor and an enslaved man named Toney from the steamboat accident involving the Missouri Belle and Boones Lick.
  • Mss CM -McNaughtan1840 Canal and Bridge.JPG

    Letter to John Brunton. On page 1 is a unique pencil sketch of the Louisville waterfront, head of the Portland Canal, and the steamboat Louisville drawn and described by McNaughtan.
  • Mss. C W - SS Elk-Wigglesworth056.jpg

    Letter from Samuel Wigglesworth, a physician from Boston, to his father Thomas Wigglesworth of Boston, written at Cleveland, Ohio, Cincinnati, on board Steamer "Elk" near Louisville and St. Louis. Wigglesworth travelled from Boston to Buffalo, then to Cleveland. He crossed the state of Ohio on the canal via Munroe Falls to Portsmouth near Cincinnati, where he took a boat down the Ohio River to visit the medical college and anatomical museum at Louisville. He passed through the canal and went aground every day en route to St. Louis, mentioning along the way the irregularity of steam boat arrivals and departures, robberies committed on the boats, manners of other passengers, and his care of a patient who was suffering with fever and ague at St. Louis.
  • Carroll letter (Mss. C C).JPG

    Letter from W. N. Carroll to his mother Jane Carroll from the steam boat Campte, which is "hard and fast aground" at Flint Island, located on the Ohio River in far western Meade County, approximately 45 miles southwest of Louisville. He reports that he has been there for one week and that there are "6 or 8" other boats in the same situation.
  • Dugan Family Papers - Mss. A D866a 4.jpg

    Inspectors Certificate of Captain Madison “Big Matt” Dugan (1860-1917). Dugan lived in Jeffersonville, Ind., and came from a steamboating family. He captained the ferries City of Jeffersonville and Gen. George Rogers Clark between Louisville and Jeffersonville. He kept a diary for thirty-one years (1886-1917). He was murdered on board the Clark in the early morning hours of August 19, 1917.
  • Jonathan Clark Diary 11-9-1811 (Mss. A C593a).JPG

    Shortly before his death, on 9 November 1811, Jonathan Clark recorded in his diary his ride on the first steamboat on western waters, the New Orleans. He rode from Louisville upstream to Diamond [Eighteen Mile] Island and back.

  • Where the River winds (SM8-398).jpg

    Cover of sheet music booklet by Leo Friedman and Herman Kahn.
  • Over on the shore (SM8-394).jpg

    Sheet music booklet written by Charles F. Harrison and Cal De Voll. The Ohio and other rivers served as inspiration for singers and songwriters throughout the steamboat era.
  • Mss. CM n.d. MH Excursion 4 July.jpg

    This broadside advertises a July 4 excursion on the steamer Maggie Harper for a day trip from Carrollton, Ky. to Louisville, Ky. Notes include that music and refreshments are to be provided, but "Positively no liquors allowed."
  • Mss. CM 1884 - Maggie Harper Excursion.jpg

    Advertisement for an excursion on the steamboat Maggie Harper on 17 May 1884 to travel from Carrollton (Ky.) to Louisville (Ky.) to attend a choice of events at McCauley's Theater, Whallen's Theater, the Louisville Jockey Club, or the baseball field.
  • Lou Directory-1838-39 - JC Buckles.jpg

    These two ads from the 1838-1839 Louisville Directory document the importance of steamboats to the area’s economy. Merchants and shipbuilders such as J. C. Buckles at the mouth of Beargrass Creek and Robert Baldwin Jr. & Co. on Water Street relied on a thriving steamboat industry.
  • River Guide (Rare Pamphlet 917.7 C744 1850).jpg

    Cover from the Conclin's New River Guide, which provided river travelers with important navigation and travel information.

    Also called "a gazetteer of all the towns on the western waters," Conclin's guide contains sketches of cities, towns, and countries bordering the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, along with their tributaries, populations, products, commerce, etc. The guide was published in 1850 but uses data from 1848.

  • Western Pilot_title page (RB 386.3 C969 1834).jpg

    Pages from The Western Pilot, which provided river travelers with important navigation and travel information.

    The book contains charts of the Ohio River and the Mississippi, from the mouth of the Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico. Also includes directions for navigating the rivers, a gazetteer, descriptions of towns along the waterways, tributary streams, etc.
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