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What happened to the tour boat on Greenfield Lake?

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A postcard shows the tour boat on Greenfield Lake. Courtesy of Susan Taylor Block.

The Greenfield Park “Showboat,” modeled like a minature Mississippi riverboat steamer, enjoyed about a 15-year career, beginning in the early 1960s, taking visitors on tours of Greenfield Lake. (Note: “Showboat” was also a common nickname for the battleship USS North Carolina.)

In 1977, fares for rides were $1 for adults, 50 cents for children aged 12 and younger.

The tour boat missed much of the 1976 and 1977 tourist seasons because of engine problems. In 1978, city officials installed a new engine, but then rotting floorboards got the better of the”Showboat” and she sank into the lake’s muddy bottom.

“It just wore out,” Park Superintendent Garland Meadows told the StarNews. “The bottom just fell out of it.”

On Aug. 28, 1979, the StarNews reported that local radio DJs were banding together for a fundraising campaign, to collect money for a new “Showboat,” but nothing seems to have come of the effort. City parks officials decided to stick with Greenfield Lake’s existing flotilla of paddle boats and rental canoes.


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