Mad Money

Mad Money

The Steamboat Era on the Kansas-Missouri Border

Book - 2011
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"For twenty glorious years, from 1840-1860, the steamboat was king on the Kansas-Missouri border. Shipping settlers, freight, and emigrants to the Western frontier, this transportation source monopolized everything. In direct response, towns were established along every bend of the Missouri River. The result was a boom of extraordinary proportions. These were the glory days when St. Joseph, Weston, and Parkville grew overnight into significant urban centers. After Kansas Territory was established in 1854, the frontier moved across the river. Towns such as Leavenworth, Atchison, Doniphan, Elwood, and White Cloud reigned as the future urban centers of the region. In addition, little known places also aspired to greatness. The boom made everyday people wealthy. Town lots were bought, sold, and sold again at enormous profit. Even maids and laborers dabbled in real estate and pinned their hopes on places like Iowa Point becoming urban centers. But every boom turns to bust. As quickly as the boom hit, the Panic of 1857 took it all away, wiping out entire communities and leaving the Kansas-Missouri border forever changed"--From p. [4] of cover
Publisher: [Palm Harbor, FL] : Dan Fitzgerald Company, c2011
ISBN: 9781467936354
Branch Call Number: 387.2 Fitzgera 2011
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm


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