Riverboats were jacks of all trades. They served as the lifeline for cotton and inland trade, towed barges and ferried railroad trains across the river. As passenger boats, they helped to shrink the vastness of America, and as showboats, they made that vastness a little less lonely. King of Mississippi was the very first one of this type in the United States. This authentic Mississippi Paddlewheel Steamboat reminds us of Mark Twain's famous literary characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. They carried cotton and inland trade, towed barges and ferried railroad trains across rivers. Mark Twain would need to look twice at this “King of the Mississippi” to be sure it was just a model!