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Art :: Book Reading/Signing
Steamships of Montana with Author Ed Wolff
2:00 PM
North Valley Public Library
Author Ed Wolff talks about Steamships in the West.

Ed Wolff talks about his new book “Sweepers, Snags and Steam: The steamboat era on Montana's Missouri River” at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 pm.

Smoke-belching, whistle-blowing, water-churning, multistoried paddlewheel steamboats flourished on Montana’s Missouri River in the 1800’s. By carrying thousands of tons of freight and thousands of passengers, these boats forever changed the character and cultures of Montana and the Northern Plains.

From 1850 to 1880, hundreds of steamers fought their way up the treacherous “Bid Muddy” to Fort Benton, the worlds’ most inland port. Every trip was an adventure full of risks: hull-piercing snags and sweepers, grounding sandbars, powerful rapids, herds of swimming buffalo, Indian attacks, and exploding boilers. The dangers were great but the rewards were enormous – until the railroads came.

Local Author Ed Wolff captures the golden age of steamboats. Come and hear him speak about this interesting chapter in our history and the characters that helped to make it.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: North Valley Public Library
Address: 208 Main Street Stevensville, Montana 59870
Phone: 406-777-5061

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