The Steamer Bald Eagle

Many  different postcards exist of the steamer, Bald Eagle, on the river at Beardstown. Here are a few of them:

 

The D. H. Pike, a steamer that also passed through Beardstown, was rebuilt as the Bald Eagle in 1898. An earlier boat, with the name Bald Eagle, sunk in the Mississippi River at St. Louis, in 1896.

The new river packet, Bald Eagle, was initiated into service on the Illinois river Thursday. The steamer left St. Louis Wednesday at 4 p. m. and arrived here Thursday at 11 a. m. The Bald Eagle is equipped up-to-date, having all modern improvements possible. The first trip made was an excursion from all towns on the river and return. It carried with it the Hardin band, famous throughout Calhoun county and vicinity for its excellent music. The Bald Eagle is owned by the Eagle Packet Co., and will be run in the place of the Cherokee, the latter going into service on the Mississippi River.
Tri-Weekly Beardstown Enterprise – May 28, 1898 – p. 1, col. 4

The Bald Eagle carried passengers and freight to and from Beardstown until around 1930.