Pamela Ashworth Puryear
Publisher: Texas a & M Univ Pr; 1st edition (June 1976)
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Nature by no means meant the Brazos River for navigation, yet ahead of the arriving of the railroads Brazos steamboats have been an important, if constantly erratic, type of shipping. And there have been males to fulfill the problem. One captain, heedless of shallows, shoals, snags, and falls, boasted that he may well faucet a keg and run a ship 4 miles at the suds. according to wealthy archival resources, this authoritative and unique booklet tells of the boys and boats that braved the river from the earliest days to the past due 1890s.Steamboat captains and plantation aristocrats, company tycoons and empire developers, dust clerks and river rats, all have been captivated with a unmarried proposal: to open the Brazos for steamboats from its headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. The river used to be dredged and snags have been got rid of, boats have been designed with shallow draft, and boat proprietor, captain, and pilot (often one and an identical) pitted their talents opposed to the river. however the Brazos was once recalcitrant. Seasonal rises silted in artifical channels and left at the back of new snags to seize the unwary. And as railroads inched their means around the nation, the necessity for river delivery faded. Railroad bridges around the Brazos ultimately created limitations that even a steamboat using a “red upward push” couldn't negotiate. via the flip of the century, the dauntless Brazos paddlewheelers have been just a reminiscence, yet, even at the present time, the dream dies challenging alongside the river.