Grafton Riverfront, Water Street, Grafton, IL
November 4 - November 5, 2017
11 am - 4 pm
Grafton business owners will be offering food and
drink specials, live entertainment and games for children before dusk. Then watch
the fireworks over the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois
Rivers from the decks of one of the many businesses or from a spot
on the riverbank.
Any visitor to the Grafton
area will almost certainly see the giant towboats that travel up and down
America's Great Rivers. The word "tow" comes from the canal age when a
draft animal walking along the bank of the canal pulled a barge. As experience
with moving barges grew river men found that lashing barges together and pushing
them provided more control and that more barges could be moved at once. Towboats
have been moving barges on the Mississippi River since the 1850s when steamboats
began pushing one or more barges to increase cargo capacity.
engines were first used about 1910 but did not become commonplace until the late
1930s, when diesel-powered propeller boats appeared. Today’s towboats range in
size from about 117 feet long by 30 feet wide to more than 200 feet long and 45
feet wide and have diesel engines that can produce up to 10,000 horsepower. A
typical barge carries 1500 tons of cargo, which is 15 times greater than a rail
car and 60 times greater than one trailer truck. On Saturday and
Sunday, conditions permitting, there will be a towboat docked on the
riverfront that will be available for guided tours and be accompanied by a
variety of special activities, food and refreshments.
|| Towboat Tours
12 pm to 4 pm both days
On the riverfront
A Very Special Thank You to the
Luhr Brothers For Providing the Towboats and Making This All Possible!!
information call 618-786-7678
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