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Rock Springs by Boat

Saturday, June 2, 1910

The Daily Times reported on this date, "There is a fine bill at the Hippodrome, Rock Springs Park, this week, any of the acts being well worth the price of admission, including Carl Daman Family, Sensational Acrobats; the Orloff Troupe of Famous Russian Gymnasts and Roberti’s Bears, Dogs and Monkeys.”

Monday, June 2, 1913

The Ohio and Mississippi Navigation Company operated the beautiful Steamer Steel City on a specially conducted excursion Decoration Day (Memorial Day) to Rock Springs Park, the most popular summer park in this section. "Thousands of dollars have been spent in beautifying and adding new attractions. Tickets on sale at wharfboat, foot of Wood St. 75 cents round trip. Boat leaves 8 a.m., returning in evening." (The Pittsburg [sic] Press, May 28, 1913.)
Decoration Day originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May. However, in 1913, it fell on the first Monday in June.

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