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BOATHOUSES

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Boathouses along the Mississippi River. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Boathouses were carefully tended homes-away-from-home. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
BOATHOUSES. Once a common part of the riverfront scenery, boathouses sheltered boats. Others gave people a place to relax after work or on the weekends. By the late 1990s only one or two boathouses were still allowed to anchor below the ZEBULON PIKE LOCK AND DAM.