The American Queen Steamboat billed the largest paddle-wheel riverboat ever built had stopped in Bettendorf this week. It was on its way down to St. Louis and the Quad Cities is one of the many stops along the route south for this steamship. While it was here in town I was offered an opportunity to take a tour of the boat. They meant it when they said biggest ever built. I could see the giant smokestacks from the road. The length of the ship stretched out towering over all the little boats docked near by. I made my way up the ramp to this huge boat. My visit started with a meal in the lower deck... Read More