Belle of Louisville

Belle of Louisville (HM1YW2)

Location: Louisville, KY 40202 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 15.552', W 85° 45.311'

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Belle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville was built (by the James Rees & Sons Company) in Pittsburgh in 1914 and commissioned the Idlewild. She first operated as a ferry at Memphis carrying passengers, freight, farm produce and livestock. During World War II, the Idlewild's defense work was to tow oil barges a duty of desperate national need. In 1947 she was purchased by J. Herod Gorsage who changed her name to the Avalon in 1948. In 1949 she was sold to parties in Cincinnati. During this time she travelled the western rivers until sold at auction to Jefferson County and City of Louisville Agency.
The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating steamboat on the entire Mississippi River system. She is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
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HM NumberHM1YW2
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Date Added Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608907 N 4235307
Decimal Degrees38.25920000, -85.75518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.552', W 85° 45.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 33.12" N, 85° 45' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)502
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Louisville Riverwalk, Louisville KY 40202, US
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