Old riverboat to float down MS River, become jazz joint in New Orleans
BATON ROUGE – A rare sight will soon pass – more like float – along the levee and down the river.
A shuttered casino riverboat will be sent from Evansville, Indiana, to New Orleans. The boat will eventually be a floating jazz club and restaurant paying homage to Louis Armstrong. It'll be docked somewhere in New Orleans after its long voyage from upriver.
The Evansville Courier & Press newspaper reported this week, a casino opted for a new, land-based operation, leaving behind the boat.
The riverboat first opened in 1995 and became a “landmark” in Evansville – a city along the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana.
The boat is reportedly set to move from there, down the Ohio River and into the Mississippi where it'll eventually arrive in New Orleans later. Before it leaves, though, the smokestacks will be removed so it can easily pass under bridges along the route.
It was not immediately clear as to when the boat will pass through Baton Rouge or where in New Orleans it will be docked.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
One found dead in Holiday Inn parking lot following double-shooting
Changes made at Juvenile Detention Center after breakout
2 people shot to death at apartment complex near Longridge Avenue
2 wooden churches being restored through 'Twin Steeples' art project in Ponchatoula
I-10 westbound near Grosse Tete closed Saturday night