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DELTA QUEEN (River Steamboat)

Chattanooga, Tennessee
County of Hamilton.
150 River Street
National Register Number: 70000495
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: TN-3 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Operating steam boat..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 29, 1989):
One of only two sternwheel passenger boats operating under steam and the sole remaining Western Rivers overnight passenger boat, DELTA QUEEN was built to operate on the Sacramento River in California. In the Second World War she served as a yard ferryboat on San Francisco Bay for the U.S. Navy. After the war she made a hazardous voyage under tow from California, through the Panama Canal, to the Mississippi where she was reconditioned for work on the Western Rivers system. Today DELTA QUEEN is the best known riverboat on the Western Rivers. She carries passengers on overnight cruises over nearly the entire Western Rivers system and serves as a reminder of the time when steamboats carried the people and supplies that opened the West.

According to the National Trust, the steamboat is currently located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is being used as a floating hotel. Discussion are underway to seek permanent mooring at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga.

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