Louisville's Steamboat Era

Historical Marker #1681 interprets Louisville's steamboat era, highlighting the role that river navigation played in the city's history. Many notable visitors arrived at the Louisville wharf at 4th Street, including Abraham Lincoln, who visited Farmington for three weeks in 1841.

The Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park is located approximately 500 feet upstream from the marker, commemorating Lincoln's visit and highlighting his civil rights legacy. The memorial features a twelve foot statue of Lincoln surrounded by a small amphitheater with quotes inscribed in the step. Four bas reliefs line the path to the statue, interpreting Lincoln's many ties to his native state.

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Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park

Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park

Abraham Lincoln Statue located at the Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront park in Louisville. Image Courtesy of the Waterfront Development Corporation View File Details Page

Louisville Warf

Louisville Warf

This early 20th century postcard shows the hustle and bustle of the Louisville warf. Steamboats served to transport people as well as goods via the river networks that were vital to Kentucky's economy in the 19th century. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

1852 Louisville Map

1852 Louisville Map

This mid-19th century map shows the importance of the Ohio River to the city's growth and economic prosperity. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Steamboats on Louisville Warf

Steamboats on Louisville Warf

This photograph shows steamboats lined up on the Ohio River bank receiving goods. Hogshead of tobacco wait to be loaded. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

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Warren Greer, “Louisville's Steamboat Era,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed April 29, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/139.
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