Friends of the Waterfront, Inc.,
Belle of Louisville and Mayor Andrew Broaddus Riverboats,
The municipally-owned 1914 Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating paddlewheel steamboat in the United States. The riverboat, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, is symbolic of Louisville’s riverfront heritage and commerce. Close by is the Mayor Andrew Broaddus, a river barge that is the oldest and only existing U.S. Coast Guard Lifesaving Station on an inland waterway. The two riverboats are true American icons, as they represent a time during history when the waterways were the catalyst for urban development. These unique watercraft receive annual visitation of 85,000.
The $10,000 grant from Tourism Cares will assist in the conversion of the two boats into interpretive centers educating visitors and locals alike about Louisville’s history along its riverbank.
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