The Belle Of Louisville

The Belle Of Louisville
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The Belle is recognized as the oldest river steamboat in operation and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Built in 1914, she was originally named the Idelwild and was a passenger ferry in Tennessee and Arkansas.  Later her name was changed to Avalon.  In 1962, the Avalon fell into disrepair.  Enter Jefferson County Judge Marlow Cook.  She was bought for $34,000 and re-christened the Belle of Louisville.    Here is a segment from a 1996 program. 11:49