The Spirit of Jefferson Celebrates 50 Years!

July 18, 2013

The Belle of Louisville’s sister boat, the Spirit of Jefferson, will celebrate her 50th birthday on July 27, 2013!  The entire week of her birthday, July 22-27, will be “Spirit Week,” and all Spirit of Jefferson passengers will enjoy a piece of her birthday cake. This 50th birthday celebration comes just one year before big sister Belle’s 100th birthday in October 2014!

The Spirit of Jefferson’s journey began in 1963. She was originally namedthe Mark Twain and cruised out of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1970 she travelled up the Mississippi river to St. Louis, Missouri, where she gave dinner and sightseeing cruises just beneath the St. Louis Arch under a new name, the Huck Finn.

In December of 1995, Jefferson County Judge/Executive David L. Armstrong found and purchased the Huck Finn. A contest was conducted to rename the boat, and more than 3,000 entries were received. The Huck Finn became theSpirit of Jefferson in April of 1996. Her name honors her home county and President Thomas Jefferson.

To partake in the Spirit of Jefferson’s 50th birthday celebration, call 502-574-2992 to make reservations, or go The Spirit will be cruising Tuesday and Saturday night for dinner or sightseeing from 7-9pm, and Wednesday and Thursday for Lunch and sightseeing from noon–2pm.  Or you could hop aboard for a Harbor History cruise, Saturday at 3pm.

For more information about the Belle of Louisville’s 100th birthday celebration, visit

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