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Help sustain our preservation efforts of the historic Belle and Life Saving Station #10, as well as our development of educational and public programming regarding the important role the river and steamboats have played in our collective history.


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Why the Belle of Louisville

When a student steps aboard the Belle of Louisville they step into over 100 years of history. She uniquely represents the Age of Steam in America. Steamboats transformed our rivers in the mid-19th century and, thus, the whole country. Every year, over 100 million tons of cargo is shipped on the Ohio River alone. Countless cities owe their existence to the rivers– including Louisville! What better way to experience our rich river history than by taking a trip on the oldest-operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world?


Take a virtual field trip of The Belle of Louisville here!