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Thu October 2, 2008
Historic Flatboat Braves Hurricane-Level Winds on Way to Paducah
By Jacque Day
Murray, KY – On September 9, a flatboat embarked from Spencer County, Indiana, on an historic journey down the Ohio River to the Mississippi. Its purpose to commemorate an 1828 flatboat trip made by then-unknown nineteen-year-old Abraham Lincoln, transporting a load of produce to New Orleans. The flatboat was a sort of 19th Century UHaul, moving families over hundreds of miles during westward expansion. The historic boat docked in Paducah Monday after surviving dangerous squalls brought about by Hurricane Ike. Jacque Days boarded the vessel and sends us this audio post card.