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YATES, W. B.

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YATES, W. B. (Unknown--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 1882). Captain Yates was said to have crossed the MISSISSIPPI RIVER more often than any other man who ever lived. As the captain of a ferryboat at Dubuque for twenty-six years, he crossed the river on an average of twenty-five times a day for nine months in the year – a grand total of 170,000 times.

Maquoketa Excelsior, September 23, 1882.

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"Captain W. B. Yates." http://iagenweb.org/boards/dubuque/biographies/index.cgi?read=197709