NRHP: Bertrand

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Bertrand (Steamboat)

NRHP Reference #: 69000138

NRHP Listing Date: 19690324

Location

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Blair vicinity, Washington County, Nebraska

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Summary

Beginning in the early nineteenth century, steamboat traffic increased on the Missouri River. The Bertrand, owned by the Montana and Idaho Steamship Lines, was one of the largest steamboats to ply the Missouri north of the Platte River. The 160 by 30 foot sternwheeler hit a snag on the Missouri River north of Omaha and sank in April 1865. The boat was discovered and excavated in the late 1960s. The artifacts recovered are displayed in the Bertrandmuseum at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. The steamboat hull was reburied at the site of its discovery.

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