MISSISSIPPI RIVER LANDING
Loading Cypress Lumber at Caruthersville Landing,
Working by moonlight was a typical scene along the Mississippi
during the mid 1800's. The Caruthersville Landing is located in
Missouri and one of its prime exports of the time was cypress lumber.
Because of its superior moisture and insect resistance, cypress lumber
was often used for boat building. This type of wood was also a source
framework for homes and buildings of this era. Many of the large
built along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers were framed with lumber
milled in this area.
"Mississippi River Landing" illustrates two different types of river
transportation. The flatboat and the steamboat. The former was a "one
boat, downstream only. The latter, of course, was the dominant form of
transportation of that period. Here we see a moonlit night on the
River; and, a depiction of life on the riverfront.