Contact Info
Missouri River Institute
The University of
South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Science Center
Vermillion, SD 57069

Financial support for website development provided by the
Living River Group
of the
Sierra Club




Site Description:

By the mid-1800s, steamboat travel had become the main form of transportation. The steamboat era supported westward expansion by providing supplies for growing farms and communities and business for villages, wood yards and trading posts along the river. Traveling upstream on the Missouri River was dangerous, with an often shifting channel and numerous sandbars and snags to navigate around. On October 27th of 1870 the North Alabama steamboat hit a snag and sank. The wreckage site is on the Nebraska side of the river near the upper end of today's Goat Island. It was exposed around 1904, again in the 1930's, and most recently in 2004. The high flows during the flood of 2011 once again buried the remains of the North Alabama. Someday the shifting sands of the river will once again reveal the remains of the boat, exposing it for future generations to explore.

North Alabama Steamboat Remains
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