The Belle of Louisville

 

The Belle of Louisville is a national treasure
Story and photos by Pamela O’Meara
The Belle is parked at a wharf in Louisville
There’s nothing like nothing quite like a dinner cruise on the Belle of Louisville, an old steam-generated river boat turning 100 years old in 2014. Friends and I glided along the Ohio River from the downtown wharf in Louisville, KY, while we selected various dishes from the dinner buffet line, listened to a band and stood at the rails of the observation deck to watch the sights go by – a sailboat, old buildings, bridges, an old brickyard and finally, a stunning sunset.
The Belle is a National Historic Landmark
Sights along the Ohio River

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About Pam O'Meara 47 Articles
About Me Staff writer, Lillie Suburban newspapers Free-lance writer Member, Midwest Travel Writers Association I’ve been a writer for over 20 years at Lillie Suburban Newspapers in St. Paul. I’ve also done free-lance writing – for 3M business and health publications and for a running club and a speech therapy group. My special interest and focus for over a decade has been travel writing – about my trips and those of others in the United States and abroad, and I am a 10-year member of Midwest Travel Writers Association. I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. I was an English teacher for almost three years before having kids. Life is good! Writing awards for Pam O’Meara 2015 Minnesota Newspaper Association -- Second place for columns on Selfridge’s in London, Missouri prison, mother’s death 2014 Midwest Travel writers Mark Twain – honorable mention for story on Hemingway in Pamplona, Spain 2013 MTWA – first place – recent travel sites – Fort Bragg and father 2008 MTWA – third place – newspaper story on Hawaii: the Big Island 2006—MTWA – second place – recent sites – South Korea – DMZ