Basement of Columbus, Mississippi, Baptist Church.
First home of Tennessee Williams, 1911.
The J.T. Jones House, Decatur, Alabama.
The Todd House, of Steamboat Capt. James M. Todd, Decatur, Alabama.
Delta Queen Shore Tours
The boat's arrival in a small town is an opportunity to demonstrate Southern hospitality and win the hearts of those who visit. In Demopolis, our first stop, the people had a picnic on the riverfront and met the boat when it landed. Many of the girls were dressed in hoop skirts, traditional clothing of the pre-Civil War era. After receiving a front page story in the Demopolis newspaper, the Delta Queen headed on through the night to the next port, Columbus, Mississippi.
Due to a sudden storm in Columbus that included tornadoes, the historic home and city tour busses had to bring all the Delta Queen passengers to First Baptist Church, where the Baptists gave everyone shelter in their basement.
The storm passed and the next day the boat continued to Decatur, Alabama, where passengers could take a bus or walking tour to Old Decatur. The city has antique stores and block after block of historic Victorian and Craftsman homes.
On the final day, the boat turned from the Tombigbee Waterway onto the Tennessee River, and pressed ahead to our final destination, Chattanooga.
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