CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2003 |
A body pulled from the Sacramento River this week has been identified as that of 78-year-old steamboat operator Harold Wilmunder, officials said. Wilmunder disappeared April 20 from his 138-foot steamboat, The Elizabeth Louise, which is docked in West Sacramento. The body was found Tuesday.
June 21, 2013 |
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.
August 1, 2013 |
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.
August 15, 1999 |
Dawn was just breaking over the soft green hills of western Connecticut, and several hundred spectators, some in prams and strollers, a few on walkers, had turned up for an event as old as the nation. Unfazed by the competing allure of TV, video games or the multiplex, and undaunted by the protests of animal-rights crusaders, the circus had come to town. The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros.
December 12, 2010 |
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.
November 20, 1992 |
"Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) considered one of Buster Keaton's finest comedies, will be shown Saturday night at the Yorba Linda Forum, accompanied by an original score written and played by noted silent film organist Robert Israel. The movie, made just two years after Keaton's recognized masterpiece "The General," was his last independent feature. Despite critical raves, "Steamboat Bill, Jr."
July 7, 2002 |
His boots caked in the shoreline muck befitting the Missouri River's pseudonym, the "Big Muddy," Steve Dasovich gingerly climbs about the carcass of a 19th century steamboat and thinks death becomes her. Partly hidden under murky water and silt, the remains are a muddle of rusted steel spiking through rotting wood, veined with cracks and bleached by decades of sun and water.
February 16, 1992 |
The mighty, majestic Mississippi River: Mark Twain popularized it, and the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. has packaged it in convenient, captivating cruises that have made its two paddle-wheel steamboats favorites with mature travelers. According to the company, "active retirees" make up the majority of its passengers, with an average age of about 56.
July 14, 2010 |
"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...
December 25, 1998 |
The riverfront area where three people were injured Thursday at Disneyland is in the heart of Frontierland--an original area of the park that now houses some of its most-faded attractions. Frontierland was Walt Disney's favorite section of the park he created, a tribute to an American West that still was very much in the front of the nation's consciousness when Disneyland opened in 1955. Westerns dominated movie and television screens.