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Memories of a Marseilles youth

The Goldenrod showboat that Louis Macchietto remembered seeing as a boy in Marseilles. It was a barge with a theater on top that was pushed along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. It docked at river towns to provide communities with rarely seen musical and dramatic productions. Built in 1909, the Goldenrod was 200 feet long and 45 feet wide with an auditorium that could seat 1,400. The show boat had many adventures and suffered several mishaps, including nearly being sunk and a terrible fire. It was the last showboat of its kind to work the Mississippi River. Decommissioned and its glory days long over, the Goldenrod now is docked on the Illinois River at Kampsville, and most likely will be scrapped.

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