Is there any chance of getting a shot of the Tatra onto the website?
Aug 24, 2005 - 7:12AM
Re: Cussler Museum
hi dave on the subject of clives collection you know the pullmen coach from night probe does one of these opulent train carriages exist or are they a ficional part of dirk pitts collection if real where could you see one or obtain photographs
I had the true pleasure of visiting your museum this past Monday (8/22).
It was nothing short of thrilling and I cannot wait for the additional collection to be put on display.
However, I must convey to you the absolute horror I felt while walking amongst the best collection of cars I have ever seen in my lifetime when I looked up and did not see a SPRINKLER SYSTEM!
Perhaps my 30 years in the insurance industry makes me more cautious than most, but to have the treasures that you have stored in the same area where some restorations are being worked on perks my ears right up.
I do not know if you have solvents in there or paint booths or gasoline etc. but,in all sincerity you must get quotes on installing a sprinkler system, central station smoke alarms etc.
I know I am poking my nose into where it does not belong, but should a loss occur there it would be next to a sin.
The rapid spread of railroads following the Civil War ended the great days of the packets, yet steamboating remained a reasonably busy and thriving trade until the middle of the twentieth century. From 1900 through 1909, more than a million tons of freight and more than 100,000 passengers passed through the port of Peoria on steamboats.
By 1936, riverboats were primarily used for the pleasure industry, although a few of the packets still continued to run. The Eagle Packet Lines, whose faded golden shed was still visible at the foot of Main Street into the 1960s, operated the "David Swain," the "Verne Swain," boats.
The excursion boat business ended in Peoria, for all practical purposes, on the night of July 5, 1918, when the steamer "Columbia" ran aground below Creve Coeur and sank with the loss of eighty-seven lives.
What ever happnet to it was it raised or just left as it was to crumble into the mud...let me know please if you find out anything...thanks mitch segler