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WESTERN ENGINEER
"Long's Dragon"

From City of the Future
A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
by
HenryC. Haskell, Jr. and Richard B. Fowler
1950
Frank Glenn Publishing Co., Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri

From Way's Packet Directory 1843 - 1983 - page 428
SW p wh b. California, Pa., 1870. 162.5 x 30 x 3.4. Engines,  13's- 4 ft. Two boilers. Original owners were Capt. Edmund B. Cooper, James A. Sawyer, and Andrew M . Haley of Sioux City, Iowa: Capt. E.R. Cooper, master, made her first trip from Pittsburgh to Fort Kandall on the Missouri River. Was back in Pittsburgh in February 1871, the original owners having sold her to the St. Louis & Arkansas River Packet Co..

Capt. Edmund B.Cooper later was identified with various upper Ohio packets, and his son Earl Cooper, Parkersburg, W. Va., built and ran several diesel sternwheel tow-boats, best remembered being the VICTOR.

Capt. T. P. Johnson took charge of the SIOUX CITY for her new owners. She sank in the Arkansas River in October 1871 but was pumped out following emergency repairs. She was given cotton guards at St. Louis in Nov. 1871 but in spring 1872 was sold to J.H. Durfee, Leavenworth, Kan., and others and went to Missouri River. Capt. James McGarry took charge.

On Mar. 19, 1873, an ice gorge gave way and crushed her as she lay, about eight miles below Fort Sully. Capt. McGarry and two others rowed a skiff Fort Sully to Yankton, coming down in 3 1/2 days, and reported the wreck swept almost entirely away, and none of the machinery saved. The furniture was on shore under tarpaulins on the Fort Sully side. 

 

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