Northern Plains Steamboats
Making your travel on the river like home.
Steamboats began to pop up throughout America. 1778 John Fitch successfully created a trial of a 45ft steamboat on the Delaware River. Steamboats were created for an easier way to transport goods and a more luxurious way to make transport better and easier. Before the Steamboat, there were keelboats that were used to move goods but the speed of the boats depended on the river current; if the boat's men had to change direction they would have to pole the boats against the current up river. The more powerful steamboat could go up or down the river with no problem.