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Cotton at the Levee: 1910

Cotton at the Levee: 1910

Vicksburg, Mississippi, circa 1910. "Unloading cotton at the levee." Sternwheel packet boat Mary Miller on the right. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Mary Miller posterior

On the opposite shore

Just over the barge with the cotton bales on it, what in the heck is that?


I don't see any. That team of fine-lookin' mules would probably kick you for the insult.

Mary Miller

She was the first woman to receive a steamboat master's license in 1884. I can't find any info on this boat. Its narrow beam suggests that it was built for use on a small tributary river like the Red or Yazoo.

Bye, Bye Miss

The horse is pulling a 1910 Chevrolet wagon, but notice the levee is dry. In any event the good ole boys are there waiting.

Narrow Beam

The Mary Miller is one of the narrowest steamboats I've ever seen. I would think that it would be easy to capsize in rough weather.

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