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Skillman, W. D. The Western Metropolis; or St. Louis in 1846 . St. Louis: W.D. Skillman, 1846. [format: book], [genre: advertisement; catalogue; history; guidebook; ledger; report]. Permission: St. Louis Mercantile Library
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Inland Navigation of the West.

(From the Cincinnati Chronicle.)

The rolling floods of water now poured along by the Ohio, and the vast distances to which products are borne by the numerous steamers on its bosom, remind us of the great, and compared with any other portion of the earth, most extraordinary extent of the inland navigation of the West. Let us take some particulars. It is considered a great voyage from New York to Liverpool; yet one may take a single steamboat trip on the waters of the Mississippi equal to that. Look at this:

  miles.
New Orleans to Natchez 294.
Natchez to the mouth of the Ohio 718.
The mouth to St. Louis 172.
St. Louis to Weston 500.
Weston to Council Bluffs 300.
Council Bluff's to Mandan 824.
Fort Mandan to the Yellowstone 224.
Total voyage 3032.

This is the length of the voyage from New York to Liverpool, and all performed inland, the point of departure being one hundred miles from the sea! Such is one of the voyages that may be performed in the Great Valley of the West.

But take another; suppose a boat takes in produce from Pittsburg to New Orleans, and should there be chartered to take stores to the Fur Company's Fort, at the mouth of the Yellowstone, and then returns to Pittsburg, what will be her voyage?

  miles.
Pittsburg to Cincinnati 498.
Cincinnati to Louisville 137.
Louisville to Cairo, mouth of Ohio 345.
Cairo to New Orleans 1012.
New Orleans to St. Louis 1218.
St. Louis to Weston 500.
Weston to the Yellowstone 1348.
Yellowstone to St. Louis 1848.
St. Louis to the Ohio 180.
Ohio to Pittsburg 980.
Total voyage 8006.

Eight thousand miles might a steamboat run on the waters of the West in a regular voyage, before she return to her original port!

This is but a small part of the vast inland navigation of the West, and which explains the rapid growth of cities and towns so far from the seaboard. These inland cities, too, are destined to equal, if not surpass the largest of those on the Atlantic shore.

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Skillman, W. D. The Western Metropolis; or St. Louis in 1846 . St. Louis: W.D. Skillman, 1846. [format: book], [genre: advertisement; catalogue; history; guidebook; ledger; report]. Permission: St. Louis Mercantile Library
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=skillman.html
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