Steamboats

When J. C. Coovert came to the Yazoo/Mississippi Delta he entered an "interior frontier," an inland archipelago surrounded by water. Settlement before the Civil War existed only along the rivers and their largest tributaries. Overland transportation was nearly impossible in the swampy interior. Steamboats provided the only practical means of transport. And yet, the cotton industry developed so swiftly in the Delta that the Mississippi Valley and Yazoo Railroad skirted the Mississippi River by the 1890s, signaling the end to the era of the paddlewheel steamboats.

Steamer Katie Robbins loaded with cotton. Signed "Coovert G-ville, Miss. # 489 "
Collection of the Old County Court House Museum, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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