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  1. Nancy Hart

    Nancy Hart Very Well-Known Member
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    Faye, I like really old pictures. It's great to hear stories about the places in the pictures, from folks who have been there. Thanks.
     
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    Slightly off topic....

    Ten minutes ago I saw THIS COMMERCIAL on TV, promoting a riverboat cruise down the Columbia River, tracing part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. First time I've seen it.

    I wonder if everyone gets the same TV commercials, or could they be targeting those also. If you take all the keywords I've used in the last couple of weeks you might come up with this. o_O

    Before anyone gets all bent out of shape about privacy, I'll have to admit it sounds rather interesting, if you were forced to take a cruise. I never would have thought of it.
     
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    @Nancy Hart I have been on it while ported, but never took the cruise. It looks fun, but a bit expensive. I have traveled Lewis and Clark route from Montana to the Pacific, many times. Also been up and down the river many times. All beautiful travels.
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    I always wanted to ride a steamboat. The closest I've gotten to it is the one from the parking lot at Disney World to the actual theme park. :D
     
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    The Niagara Portage Railway

    "Before the English captured Fort Niagara from the French in 1759, all shipments of furs, munitions and trade goods were packed over the Lewiston escarpment [1] by Indians hired by the French. ... A railway was designed and built by British Captain John Montresor up the face of the cliff, so boats could come up the river to the head of navigation at Lewiston.
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    [1] Escarpment ...a steep slope, especially one at the edge of a plateau, or separating areas of land at different heights.

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    The escarpment along the Niagara River, ca 1902

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    What a completely cool trip that would be!!! I would love it.
     
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    Best cruise is 9 days for $3100 and already booked through 2020.
     
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    A one time only portage ... Fitzcarraldo

    "Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 West German film, written and directed by Werner Herzog, filmed in Peru and Brazil. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman who is determined to transport a steamship over a steep hill, in order to access a rich rubber territory in the Amazon Basin. The film is derived from the historic events of Peruvian rubber baron Carlos Fitzcarrald.

    In the 1890's, Fitzcarrald arranged for the transport of a steamship across an isthmus from one river into another, but it weighed only 30 tons, and was carried over in pieces to be reassembled at its destination. The film production involved moving an entire 320-ton steamship over a hill, without the use of special effects. Herzog believed that no one had ever performed a similar feat in history, and likely never will again, calling himself 'Conquistador of the Useless.' "


    Some portage scenes

     
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    Motorboat leaving Lake Alice, at Kings Dam, and entering the Wisconsin River. Lincoln County, Wisconsin, 1950's

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    "The steamboat Klamath was the first and only vessel larger than a launch boat to operate on Lower Klamath Lake, which straddled the border between Oregon and California. This vessel is chiefly known for having been hauled overland by rail from Lake Ewauna to Upper Klamath Lake.

    Between 1905 and 1909, Klamath was an essential link in a transportation line to Klamath Falls, Oregon, which involved rail, stage coach, and steamer travel."
    It became tourist transportation taking visitors on part of the trip to Crater Lake.

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