Vintage Ozarks: The Ruth in Linn Creek


Real photo postcard. J.W. Farmer. Linn Creek. MO. LOVE this photograph! You can sense the excitement of a boat’s arrival in river towns: “Steamboat’s a-comin’! Steamboat’s a-comin’!”

Everyone in Linn Creek headed to the docks to see The Ruth tied up at the landing. They perched on the fence and filled the decks of the steamer to pose for the camera. Look close – a group of girls is gathered on the deck. Perhaps a school excursion?

The Miller County Historical Society reprinted an article from The Waterways Journal (Feb. 25, 1984) titled, “The Osage Is An Important Missouri River,” by James V. Swift. In it, Mr. Swift recounts the histories of a number of steamboats that plied the Osage.

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