Sunday, February 3, 2013

Photo-of-the-Week #92 - The Natchez on the Mississippi in New Orleans, September 2003

In honor of Super Bowl Weekend, here's another photo of the Super Bowl host city, New Orleans. Well, more accurately, it's a photo of the Mississippi River that runs through New Orleans and one of the famous sights, a Mississippi sternwheeler, the Natchez.

New Orleans will be crazy this weekend and especially today with some 80,000 fans cramming the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. I'm sure there will be tens of thousands of other football fans in town partying. I imagine this weekend's crowd is only second to Mardi Gras later this month.

The Natchez is one of only a small number of surviving stern wheel steamboats. These small ships were common transportation not only on the Mighty Mississippi, but most of the major navigable rivers in the U.S. They were a major form of passenger transportation and cargo shipping. Additionally, many of them had onboard gambling casinos. As the Super Bowl is a symbol of modern times, sternwheelers, like the Natchez, are symbolic of another, slower and possibly more refined time in our history.


Melissa West said...

Wow how beautiful! I think (assuming I don't get sea sick) riding on that boat would be very relaxing. Have you ever taken a ride?

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

Thanks, Melissa --

No, I haven't taken a ride, but it's something I may add to my "Life List." I actually have been on a paddle wheeler, but I can't say it was an honest paddle wheeler ride since it was in Disney World in Orlando many years ago with my son. I never looked into it, but I imagine it probably rides on tracks underneath the boat. So, that doesn't count.