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 IW covers to and from Arkansas after 1870 Minimize
By 1870 most mail transport had moved to the railroads. Packet and Steamboats continued to ply the waters of the Ouachita and Arkansas River until the late 1920's, but as a mode of mail transport, their job was essentially completed by 1900. In modern times, the Delta Queen passenger Steamboat had a contract mail station and took mail from passengers, cancelled with the boat name, and posted at ports along the rivers she sailed, including the Arkansas River.

Updated 9-8-2013

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 Boat NameSorted By Boat Name In Ascending OrderDateOrigin/DestinationRiver(s)CommentCover Image & Source
Annie B Silver St Louis & New Orleans Passenger Packet1870s-1880sArkansas City Arkansas/ Not givenMississippiPair of Scott #206 on ad coverAnnie P Silver Passenger Packet Arkansas City AR JKaufmann 36Lot153.jpg
Chickasaw, Mem. & White River Pkt1884-03-08Crockett's Bluff Ark/Memphis TennesseeWhite & MississippiWonderful strikesMemphis & Wht Rvr Packet Chickasaw 1884-03-08 BRoberts Coll.jpg
Hard Cash, Mem. & White River Packet 1883-05-15No Given/Memphis TennesseeWhite & MississippiTwo bold strikesHard Cash Mem & Wht Rvr 1883-05-17 MBennettSale206 Lot537.jpg
John Wilson, Steamer1879New Orleans LA/Camden AROuachitaClear strike on Scott U163. Auction text onlySteamer John Wilson NO to Camden 1879 no photo HSpellman_Sale25_Lot48.jpg
Not Given1891-07-11Memphis TN/Hot Springs ARNoneAd for Arkansas River Packet Company Memphis, probably not carried on riverArkansas River Packet Co Memphis TN 1891-07-11 DKelleher_Sale4006_Lot6707.jpg
Ouachita Belle1870sNot Given/New OrleansOuachitaManuscript Boat Name on 3c Green Stationary1870s Ouachita Belle BRoberts Collection.jpg
Ouachita Belle, NO & Camden Weekly Friday Packet1871-04-21Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaLarge slightly blurry oval on 3c pink stationaryNo & Camden Weekly Friday Packet Ouachita Belle 1871-04-21 HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot717.jpg
Ouachita Belle, NO & Camden Weekly Saturday Packet1871-03-27Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaDate in Handstamp says Mar 27 28 1871. FA Blanks Master. Auction text onlyNO & Camden Weekly Saturday Packet Ouachita Belle 1871 no photo HSpellman_Sale25_Lot77.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1872-03-11Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaBlue Oval on 3c Green entire. Auction text only.New Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 1872-03-11 text only SPB S-49 Lot1612.jpg
Utah, Arkansas River Packet Steamer187x-02-01Little Rock AR/Van Buren ARArkansas3c Green Banknote, cc for the boatArkansas River Packet Steamer Utah Little Rock to Van Buren SPB S-49 Lot1718.jpg