Detail of a folk painting of the New Orleans Steam Ship , constructed in Pittsburgh, PA, circa 1811.
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Oil paint on metal plate/lid of a steam ship.

Credit: Courtesy of Senator John Heinz History Center & Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

In 1810, Robert Fulton and Robert R. Livingston Jr. partnered with Nicholas J. Roosevelt, who built the New Orleans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The New Orleans made its maiden voyage from Pittsburgh down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, and thus began the era of commercial steamboat navigation on the western rivers.

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