Hometown History: The Capitol steamboat

The Capitol steamboat

The excursion steamboat Capitol at the Dresbach Lock and Dam during the late 1930s. From 1920 to 1941, the 280-foot-long Capitol was a regular summer visitor to La Crosse, giving excursions up and down the river. One of the boat’s last visits to La Crosse was 75 years ago on June 17, 1941, when it gave a moonlight dance excursion for 75 cents (equivalent to $12.25 today).

The Capitol was dismantled in 1945 in St. Louis, according to steamboat files at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Anyone with more information about this photo or wishing to donate photos of the Coulee Region may contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives at 608-789-7136 .

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