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Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans

9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, January 02 2019 Jan 2, 2019 January 02, 2019 4:55 AM January 02, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new paddlewheel riverboat is ready to ride the Mississippi, set to begin taking tourists on excursions around New Orleans starting in late January.

The City of New Orleans will be the third paddlewheeler to call this Southern city of Mardi Gras fame its home. The New Orleans Steamboat Company owns it as well as another boat - the Natchez - and says the addition of a new riverboat is a sign that visitors are coming back in force since the tourist economy took a hit when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

A century ago, countless paddlewheel riverboats plied the Mississippi and its tributaries. Now the City of New Orleans is coming full circle, back to Louisiana where it was built in 1991 before spending years of service as a casino boat in Rock Island, Illinois.

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