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April 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The operator of the Sacramento River's only steam-powered, stern-wheeled boat has been missing since Sunday, West Sacramento police said. While foul play hasn't been ruled out, it's more likely that 78-year-old Harold Wilmunder may have fallen into the river, said Det. Mark Tingley. Wilmunder is the owner of the Sacramento Steam Navigation Co. He operates the 138-foot steamboat the Elizabeth Louise, which is docked in West Sacramento.
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August 1, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
They're like people with anger issues--you never quite know when they're going to blow their tops. And so when Yellowstone National Park's Steamboat Geyser (the world's tallest) erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than eight years, people took notice. The marvelous natural show, a nine-minute blast that sent steaming hot water 250 feet in the air, was witnessed by several dozen lucky visitors who happened to be in the park's Norris Geyser Basin. “They got quite an historic show,” park spokesman Dan Hottle told the Los Angeles Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2001 | SUSAN PARROTT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The listing steamboat, long buried in a riverbank, is broken into several pieces and mostly submerged in about 10 feet of water. Planks from the stern and parts of the paddle wheel jut from the waters of the Red River, although the sandy river bottom shifts so much in the changing currents that different parts are exposed on different days. The wreckage was discovered by a landowner after floods in the mid-1990s redirected the river and exposed part of the boat.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Jane Engle
The Empress of the North riverboat, which was pulled from service when its former operator, Majestic America Line, went out of business in 2008, will again ply the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The five-deck, 223-passenger vessel was recently bought by the Memphis-based American Queen Steamboat Co. and renamed the American Empress. Next year it will begin cruising the Columbia and Snake rivers between its home port, Portland, Ore., and Clarkson, Wash. Among the ports of call will be Astoria and the Dalles in Oregon and  Sacajawea State Park in Washington.
NEWS
August 14, 1988 | FRANK CLIFFORD and DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writers
In the old days, they raced steamboats seriously in New Orleans. When word of an impending race spread, crowds would gather on the levee to watch black smoke billow from towering white smokestacks and boat crews strain over steam-hot boilers as the great paddle-wheelers charged down the river.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
The last of the steamers that used to travel Keuka Lake from Hammondsport to Penn Yan and back burned at her dock in 1920. By then, cars, trucks and trains had so changed the patterns of tourism and shipping that nobody had the will to build a new steamer. I grew up looking at the old photographs of the Mary Belle and the Steuben and the Halsey.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Owners of the historic Delta Queen, the country's best-known paddle-wheeler, say they may be forced to pull the boat out of regular overnight service on the Mississippi River unless Congress extends its exemption from safety laws. Opponents say the 1926 steamboat, with a steel hull and wooden superstructure, is a fire hazard. The waiver exempts the Delta Queen from a federal law that requires fire-retardant materials on vessels carrying 50 or more passengers on overnight trips.
TRAVEL
February 28, 1988 | BARBARA STURM, Sturm is a free-lance writer living in Edison, N.J.
"Steamboatin' is like going to visit your grandmother," said Capt. Gabe Chengery of the Delta Queen, the last authentic paddle-wheel boat in America to carry overnight passengers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 285-foot, four-deck steamboat not only travels almost the entire length of the Mississippi River at a steady 8 m.p.h., but also carries you back in time, re-creating a way of life that captured America's heart for more than 175 years.
TRAVEL
January 31, 1988
Thank you for mentioning us in your "Travel Tips" column last spring. We wound up having a great summer and fall. I'm sure you're aware that Steamboat has nonstop 727 flights every day on American Airlines direct from Los Angeles International Airport to the Yampa Valley Airport less than one hour from the ranch and less than 30 minutes from Steamboat Springs. This truly makes us one of the most accessable downhill and cross-country ski areas for Southern Californians. I believe they are even selling $69 tickets if you pick the right days.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
Someone once said that we enter this world as strangers but we leave it as friends. They might just have had a river voyage on the grand American Queen in mind as well. What is more important, more rewarding, more fulfilling or more comforting than a sense of community bound together by shared experiences? And few shared experiences are more delightful than a cruise with the American Queen Steamboat Co. With her countless Victorian details and the history she represents, there is nothing like the American Queen afloat today.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
Someone once said that we enter this world as strangers but we leave it as friends. They might just have had a river voyage on the grand American Queen in mind as well. What is more important, more rewarding, more fulfilling or more comforting than a sense of community bound together by shared experiences? And few shared experiences are more delightful than a cruise with the American Queen Steamboat Co. With her countless Victorian details and the history she represents, there is nothing like the American Queen afloat today.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, will return to the Mississippi River with cruises starting in April. The re-created riverboat that had ended service in 2008 returns under new management and with onboard entertainment and historians to keep it lively. An added holiday gift: a $150 shipboard credit for those who reserve by the end of December. The Great American Steamboat Co. will offer three- to 10-day itineraries focusing on the Civil War, Southern culture, spring gardens, fall foliage, the Kentucky Derby and other themes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2011 | By Charles Solomon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When the extraordinary success of "Steamboat Willie" made Walt Disney an overnight sensation in 1928, he'd already spent nearly a decade working in animation. During those years, he'd had successes and failures, as Timothy S. Susanin recounts in great detail in his new book, "Walt Before Mickey. " In 1919, while Disney and his friend Ub Iwerks were working as commercial artists in Kansas City, they taught themselves animation. Disney began exploring the medium with the "Newman Laugh-O-Grams," a series of one-minute topical cartoons for local theater owner Frank Newman.
TRAVEL
December 12, 2010 | By Amanda Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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TRAVEL
December 12, 2010 | By Amanda Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When I was a teenager, I cut out a magazine photo showing a cowgirl riding a horse through thigh-high snow. The image was so exotic and romantic that I pasted it to my mirror as a reminder of what I wanted from life. So when I had the chance to take Indigo, my horse-mad 12-year-old daughter, to join friends at Vista Verde Ranch outside Steamboat Springs in midwinter, I had an ulterior motive: I was going to fulfill my cowgirl fantasy. The plan was to spend four nights at Vista Verde, a summer-winter guest ranch, and three at Steamboat Springs ski resort.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
"Steamboat Bill, Jr." was Buster Keaton's last independent feature before making, as he would later say, the biggest mistake of his career by giving up his own studio and signing with MGM. Released in the 1928, this silent slapstick comedy is considered one of Keaton's most ambitious and funniest feature films including many iconic set pieces — most memorably, a house literally falling down around him during a cyclone, a stunt that could...
BUSINESS
May 30, 1995 | ALAN SAYRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Why in the era of cheap airline fares would anyone spend $9,400 to take a boat from Pittsburgh to New Orleans? Never underestimate the lure of a Mark Twain trip on a paddle-wheeler. The Mississippi riverboat business is booming, with travelers willing to spend big on five- or 16-night cruises. Demand is so high that Delta Queen Steamboat Co. has spent $65 million to build the largest steamboat ever, the 418-foot American Queen. Travelers are lured by the ambience of the big ships.
TRAVEL
December 10, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
SEE the old South and wind up in the Windy City on a river and rail tour from New Orleans to Chicago. The 11-day excursion begins with a two-night stay in New Orleans, then embarks on the 180-passenger Delta Queen steamboat for a six-night passage north on the Mississippi River "Natchez is beautiful," said Christopher Kyte, of Train Journeys, "especially in springtime. And who could resist a historic steamboat?" Ports of call include Helena, Ark.; Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss.; and Memphis, Tenn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 The late Stieg Larsson's worldwide bestseller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is now so popular that it's going to be made into a Hollywood movie — even though a hit foreign-language film already exists. The Swedish version stars Michael Nyqvist as an investigative journalist looking into a decades-old missing-person case with the help of a brooding, punky computer whiz (played by Noomi Rapace). It's a grim, foreboding piece of work, but faithful to the novel and effectively gripping.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Owners of the historic Delta Queen, the country's best-known paddle-wheeler, say they may be forced to pull the boat out of regular overnight service on the Mississippi River unless Congress extends its exemption from safety laws. Opponents say the 1926 steamboat, with a steel hull and wooden superstructure, is a fire hazard. The waiver exempts the Delta Queen from a federal law that requires fire-retardant materials on vessels carrying 50 or more passengers on overnight trips.
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