It seems like Almost Yesterday that the last of the unplanned and unscheduled steamboat races occurred on the Mississippi.
On the evening of September 5, 1923, the steam boat, The Capitol, went out of Cape on a moonlight excursion.
The Bald Eagle, one of the oldest river boats, was preparing for a late night departure for St. Louis. At approximately 10:00 P.M., the Bald Eagle pulled out of Cape and headed north. About a mile up river the two ships passed – passengers shouting, and the captains laying heavy on the whistles.