- Jean Cash Scott on 1887 ROSA LEE – Univ of Wisconsin collection
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- leelinesteamers on 1887 ROSA LEE – Univ of Wisconsin collection
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- Mark Harman on James Lee Jr and Rowena Bayliss Lee circa 1900
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Recently, this bill of lading was offered on EBay and I was able to purchase it for a nominal amount. As you can see, the penmanship is beautiful.
This brochure recently was listed on EBay and sold for $227.50. The Saint Louis and Tennessee River Packet Co. was a strong competitor of the Lee Line. At one point, money changed hands and the Lee Line withdrew a steamer leading to rates being restored to their former level.
This link will take you to a book review on the study of how Samuel Clements came to use the name Mark Twain. Enjoy.
The river system in the United States is unique of all the land masses on planet Earth, especially the Mississippi River basin. The Mississippi River basin overlays the industrial heartland of our country allowing efficient transportation of all manner of farm products, raw materials as well as finished goods of all sorts to be shipped from producers to consumers and reverse. The expansion of river traffic from the 1830′s onward allowed our nations rail system to develop quickly to the point that by the early 1890′s rail traffic began to surpass steam powered river traffic. In the early 1830′s Capt. Jim Lee build steamboats as well as bought boats to run on the Cumberland River. By the 1850′s he was running boats on the Mississippi. Around 1858 he moved to Memphis and built the foundation of the Lee Line.
Jose and Jennifer Velazquez are making great progress in restoring the James Lee house as a bed and breakfast inn.
This Rees Lee postcard is a colorized version of the card pictured below. This colorized card recently sold for approx. $40 on EBay.
This Rees Lee postcard also sold on EBay recently and brought $48.00 It is good to see Lee Line ephemera sell well. The Eagle Packet Company boat the SPREAD EAGLE is against the bank. This Sephia toned card was printed in Germany.
This picture is from the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University call 560.52 1907-028 and is used with permission.
Congratulations Jennifer and Jose Velazquez on being able to start your restoration of the James Lee House.
A newly seem Lee Line brochure was recently listed and sold on EBay. Sadly I did not see this brochure until after it sold. One of the inside pages shows a date of July 1909. Since most freight traffic had long since left the river for the railroads, the Lee Line reinvented itself as a floating luxury hotel with movable scenery. Sumptious fare, attentive staff and luxury accomidations were advertised for the traveling publics comfortable travel.