Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by Peter Knego
Join Peter Knego for part four of his latest trek aboard Great American Steamboat Company’s grand steamboat AMERICAN QUEEN for a visit to the charming hamlet of Madison, Indiana.
All photos by and copyright Peter Knego 2012 unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Our last full day on the “Grace Boat” AMERICAN QUEEN found us berthed in the charming hamlet of Madison, Indiana. We grabbed some of that Starbucks coffee in the Front Porch and hopped on the Steamcoach for a ride into its downtown area, designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the United States.
We hopped off at the 1844-built Lanier Mansion, located between Main Street and the Ohio Riverfront.
From there, we walked a few short blocks to the Broadway Fountain, which lies in the shadows of the 1873-built Trinity United Methodist Church, one of the tallest structures in the region. The copper fountain dates from 1886 and has been restored in recent years, with a little help from a very special lady.
Irene Dunne, one of the class acts of American cinema and star of films such as “The Awful Truth”, “Penny Serenade”, “I Remember Mama” and “Lady In A Jam”, was born in Madison. Until her death in 1990, she had done much to raise awareness of and support her home town. They have not forgotten her.
Madison’s Main Street is the quintessential river town main street. If it were a Hollywood set, it would be deemed “too quaint” to be real but it is the real thing. The 1958 Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin film, “Some Came Running” was shot here. Not much has changed since then.
The only good thing about our early departure from beautiful Madison was that it did give us one last afternoon to enjoy the Ohio River from the perspective of AMERICAN QUEEN.
It’s hard to believe this entire mode of travel almost came to an end.
Although he is no Rosalinda de Leon (but who is?), Travis Vasconcelos serenaded with one last calliope concerto as the sun began to dip in our wake.
One last workout, more promenading, visiting with friends at the rail, dinner in the J.M. White and the “Victory Canteen” show in the Grand Saloon ensued before the necessity of packing reared its ugly head and reminded us that the “real world” awaited.
Friday, May 4, 2012
The sun would soon rise over Cincinnati, a wondrous city when seen from the perspective of the Ohio River.
Behind us, the Roebling Bridge, named for its architect and likewise builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, beckoned from a netherworld that was neither night nor day.
And as we shoveled ourselves into a cab headed for the Covington, Kentucky Airport across the river, I had to take one last shot of the AMERICAN QUEEN.
Yes, she really, really is back!
End Of Grace Under Steam Sea Treks…
Very special thanks: Martin Cox, Nora Farrell, Mary Ferlin, Mike Hicks, Christopher Kyte, Tim Rubacky,