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Charles M. Russell

Buffalo Holding Up Steamboat
on the Upper Missouri River

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Item Number: R10 (Full Set of 10)
Publisher's Price: $800.00
Image Size: Embossed 16"x 10"
Paper Size: 18"x 24"
Edition Size: 50 Sets
The rise and decline of steamboat on the upper Missouri River formed a strange and unusual spectacle which was flashed for a space before the world and then withdrawn forever. For three decades, beginning in the 1860's, boats forced their way from St. Louis up the three thousand-miles of current, carrying vast stores of merchandise for the gold camps and trading posts in the Montana Territory.

Handsome river steamers plied back and forth through this unbroken wilderness. The difficulties and dangers incident to a passage up or down the river were many. Often boats were held up for days by enormous herds of buffalo crossing the river in their migrations north or south. Indian attacks were frequent and many passengers and steamer hands were killed when the current carried boats too close to shore. Navigation on the Missouri was, in fact, more difficult than on any other river used by steam craft.

The last commercial steamboat left Fort Benton on a down-stream trip in 1890.


Charles M. Russell