American Queen Steamboat Company

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

With the April 2014 introduction of the American Empress to our fleet and new voyages in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake rivers, a world of new shore excursion opportunities becomes available. We also promised that we would reveal details of additional American Empress shore excursions and in today’s blog we’re featuring two cities: Stevenson, WA and The Dalles, OR.

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Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Today most Americans will not be going to work. Memorial Day is a federal holiday and many will occupy themselves by attending a baseball game, having a picnic, going fishing or just spending a lazy day around the house. We work hard and a day off is something to be treasured. But the last Monday in May hasn’t always been a holiday. In fact, it wasn’t until the bloody conflict of the Civil War that the reunited nation recognized the soldiers who died while serving their country. At first known as Decoration Day, it was created specifically to honor both the Union and the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War. In a horrific conflagration where brother fought against brother, there were no winners. More soldiers died in the Civil War than in World War II, World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.

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A Time Before Steamboats

April 8, 2013

As you travel the mighty Mississippi River with the American Queen, you are struck by the steady procession of river traffic you encounter. And while the towboats and barges are the workhorses of the river, and the gilded casino boats festooned with lights and filigree are precisely the opposite, there is still a flavor of what the river once was. The beauty of a journey on the river creates a palpable sense of history. It’s not hard to imagine another time more than 200 years ago when the parade of river traffic was composed entirely of steamboats.

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Manifest Destiny

February 28, 2013

Manifest Destiny. It’s a term we all remember from our school days. But what does it really mean? Many credit John O’Sullivan, a newspaper editor and journalist in the 1840s, as one of those key men who put forward the principal that it was predetermined by God that America should rule the continent from Atlantic to Pacific. While he may not have been solely responsible for the idea, he is the first to coin the term Manifest Destiny. This came at a time when settlements west of the Mississippi River were few and far between, the most notable exception being the frontier town of San Francisco, which in 1849 was to undergo a rapid transformation after the discovery of gold in the nearby hills.

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Unexpected and Unforgettable Moments

February 26, 2013

A funny thing about vacations is that we choose them, take them, and even while experiencing them, do so for very specific reasons. We might choose a vacation to St. Louis to see the huge stainless steel arch curving over 600 feet up into the sky or come to New Orleans to experience the restaurants and jazz clubs of Bourbon Street. We might put Memphis on our list because we want to spend the day at Graceland, home of the unforgettable Elvis Presley. But then something interesting happens.

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