Engraving of the New Orleans, constructed in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1810.
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Engraving of the <i>New Orleans</i>, constructed in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1810.

Credit: Howard Steamboat 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 America's western rivers.

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