Great Grandfather George Washington Benton was mustered out of service 20 Jan,
1866 at Baton Rouge, LA during the Civil War. The 46th Illinois Infantry then
boarded the steamer LADY GAY for Cairo,
Ill arriving on the 25th Jan. May I have your postcard picture on my e-mail of
the Lady Gay?
Rebecca Benton McKnight
Dear Dave. This
is a sort of late enquiry as I just started on the Net today, 15 Aug 99. I am
taking a trip to Wyoming and Colorado to see and ride steam trains. I have a book
entitled "End of Steam" It shows a tow boat working the Mississippi around Davenport
Iowa in the 60s. She is the Lone Star. I see in the directory of boats that she
is still existant. (Note from Dave: In light of information below, I have updated
the listing) Can you tell me where she is working so I may be able to reroute
my trip to see her. I intended to check out Daveport on the way West, but you
may save me some time and hopefully give me the right location.
Joe (and Dave):
my 1995 and 1999 Inland River Records for the LONE STAR. There is no towboat currently
operating that has carried that name, nor has there been for the last several
years. So, it sounds like she's either faded into history, or is no longer towing.
Sorry to not have more information for you.
Randy: Towboat Captain
Howdy Mr. Dawley
. . .
I looked up 'Lone Star' because I have a few phototgraphs of a sternwheeler which
I snapped in September, 1967 while this boat pushed some barges down river,
The pictures show the Illinois side of the river in the background.
As we passed this steamer on a small excursion vessel (which had a stern
wheel, though it isn't clear to me whether the wheel was merely "ornamental" or
actually propelled the craft) a man informed us that what we were seeing was the
LAST operating steamboat on the Mississippi and that it was soon to be sold to
someone who was going to take it to the Amazon River.
And from Jerry
Read your entry on the LONE STAR and
thought I'd send you a little more info.
The original LONE STAR was
a wood-burner, built in 1890 at the Kahlke Yard in Rock Island, IL. for Goss &
Co. I've tried to make some verifiable connection with the 1868 sidewheeler of
the same name (also owned by Goss & Co.), but so far, no luck. I suspect they
may have some connection. In 1900, Goss & Co. became Builders Sand & Gravel Co.
and they continued to operate the LONE STAR. At this time she was rebuilt (Kahlke
Yard) and was given new boilers and converted to coal-burning. In 1922, the Kahlkes
rebuilt her completely - keeping her old engines. In 1957, her hull was worn out
and was completely replaced at the Kahlke Yard, along with a major reconditioning
effort. In 1967 she failed a USCG inspection and her owners decided to retire
her and replace he with a new deisel boat. She was cooled down for the last time
on August 28, 1967. The crew on her last trip was Glenn Johnson, master and pilot;
William Horlas, engineer; Mrs. Eleanor Johnson, cook; Dick Schmidt and Louis Chapman,
firemen-deckhands. The LONE STAR was acquired by the Buffalo Bill Museum at LeClaire,
IA by the LeClaire, IA Business Mens Association (for $1.00) and hauled out on
the Mississippi River bank where she is currently maintained for public viewing.
I used to see this boat quite regularly from 1957 - 1966 as she dutifully
plied the waters around the Davenport/Rock Island area hauling materials for Builders
Sand & Gravel Co.
I found this here
LONE STAR TOWBOAT
Homeport: LE CLAIRE, IA
Current Use: MUSEUM VESSEL
(DRY BERTH EXHIBIT)
Original Use: TUG/TOWING
Contact: Contact: BUFFALO
201 RIVER DRIVE NORTH
LE CLAIRE, IA 52753
Built: 1868, LYONS SHIPYARD, ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS.
24.5, Depth of Hold: 4.1, Tons: 66. Hull: WOOD.
Preservation Status: FAIR
CONDITION, 85% ORIGINAL FABRIC,
LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC
PLACES, REF. NO. 89002461,
DESIGNATED A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, 12/20/89.