Paddlewheel Steamer
Paddlewheel Steamer
Steamboats plied the rivers of this nation for much of the 19th century, transporting agricultural goods and passengers of all descriptions. Postal officials were eager to make mail delivery just as reliable, so they began to issue contracts to individual steamers for carrying mail. Congress declared all steamboat routes "post roads" in 1823.
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Mark Hess
Richard Sheaff
Acrylic on Canvas
1989
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