National Steamboat Monument, Cincinnati
Showboat Majestic is America's last surviving and original intact showboat. The 140-foot vessel was first launched in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1923, and is now owned and operated by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. This link to a colorful and uniquely American tradition is a floating National Historic Landmark. It is docked at the foot of Broadway, at the Public Landing east of the Great American Ball Park. The boat showcases a series of musicals, comedies, dramas and revues.
Click on the web link below for information on Showboat Majestic's current season. showboat
The National Steamboat Monument is topped by the original 30-foot diameter paddlewheel of the American Queen, the largest overnight passenger steamboat to be built in the last half century. The paddlewheel was given to the City of Cincinnati when the steamboat was refitted with a slightly smaller one. Beneath the bright red wheel are two dozen stainless steel columns, or torchiers, built to represent smokestacks. Photo sensers set off steam jets that whistle and hiss through these stacks when a person passes them. The sight and sound is attention getting to say the least.
This monument is a reminder of the steamboat heritage of Cincinnati. At the height of the riverboat era, in the mid 1800s, 8,000 riverboats a year, an average of about 22 per day, docked near this spot.
TALL STACKS : The riverboats that made the Ohio & Mississippi Rivers famous reunite on the bank of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. People are dressed in period costume, backdrops are put in place, boat tours are offered, overnight stays on boats are available plus lunch, dinner and evening cruises up and down the Ohio.