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GALENA, DUBUQUE, DUNLEITH AND MINNESOTA PACKET COMPANY. Beginning operations in 1847 with one steamboat, the Argo, the "Galena Line" as it was called purchased other boats and consolidated with other packet companies to furnish a large and powerful transportation organization to the upper MISSISSIPPI RIVER prior to the CIVIL WAR. By 1863, however, economic depression, low water levels, and rate wars had reduced the value of the company's capital stock to the point that it no longer existed independently.

The Galena, Dubuque, Dunleith & Minnesota Packet Company, in 1856, owned the following boats plying between Galena and St. Paul: War Eagle, Capt. D. S. Harris ; Galena, Capt. Kennedy Lodwick; Northern Belle, Capt. Preston Lodwick; Golden Era, Capt. J. W. Parker; Lady Franklin, Capt. M. E. Lucas; Ocean Wave, Capt. E. H. Gleim; City of Belle, Capt. A. T. Champlin; Granite State, Capt. J. Y. Hurd ; Alhambra, Capt. W. H. Gabbert ; and also the following running between Galena and Rock Island : Royal Arch, Capt. J- J- Smith, and Greek Slave, Capt. C. Goll.


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