July 8, 2010

Steamer Quincy

This is a small collection of images of the Steamer Quincy, harvested from various sites around the internet. Most of the photos and vintage postcards depict the vessel in 1911.

Special thanks to Scott K. Williams of Florissant, MO and his site,, where I got this information, and most of the pictures. A cool site worth checking out.

The steamboat Quincy at the St. Louis riverfront, postmarked 1911. This is at least the fourth steamboat by the name Quincy. The vessel was built in 1896 at Dubuque, IA and ran the Diamond Jo Line from St. Louis to St. Paul, MN.

The Quincy sunk in the Mississippi River in July 1906 near Trempeleau Mountain, WI. But that was not the end. The ship was raised and continued to serve through 1917. She was raised reequipped with new boilers, extra guest rooms were added and in 1911 ran from St. Louis to New Orleans. Her last run was in 1917. The Quincy was the last side-wheeler in the St. Louis-New Orleans route.

Give to the Historical Society

The Society's mission is to provide for the education of its members and others about the history of Quincy, Adams County, and the surrounding area. The Society is committed to the collection and preservation of documents and other physical objects related to local history. Preserving and maintaining the Governor John Wood Mansion as a historic and architectural structure is a key priority of the Society. We also maintain The History Museum and an 1835 pioneer log cabin. The Visitors Center houses the Society's office and library as well as Quincy's History Shop. The Society offers Candlelight Christmas Tours, programs on various historical topics and educational programs for school children. The Society also provides a Speakers Bureau for local organizations as a community resource. Gifts and bequests to support our mission may be given to the “Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County,” the legal name of the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable entity. Gifts may be designated for a specific purpose; for the Operational Fund, Building Fund or Endowment Fund; or left unrestricted.

Please contact our office at 425 South 12th, Quincy , IL 62301 or telephone (217) 222-1835. Our e-mail is In addition, the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area offers the Historical Society Fund. They may be contacted by telephone (217) 222-1237 or by e-mail

Volunteer Positions

The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County offers rewarding opportunities for the volunteer. The time donated by you the volunteer helps keep the history of Quincy and Adams County alive.

Please contact the Society office at (217) 222-1835 to discuss one of these opportunities...

Garden Docent
Will provide assistance in the Victorian flower garden on the north side of the Governor John Wood Mansion and at the log cabin.

Office Assistant – General
Provides general assistance on an as needed basis or by schedule.

Quincy's History Shop Docent/Clerk
Greets and provides information to visitors, brochures, and directions to area points of interest. Conducts sales of Quincy and area merchandise.

Research/Library Assistant
Assists librarian in cataloging collection artifacts, which includes: all necessary and accurate research, complete and accurate item description, full item photographs.

Educational Program Docent – 4th grade
Works with a team to present and interpret the Governor John Wood Mansion to 4th grade students.

Educational Program Docent – 3rd grade
Works with a team to present and interpret the 1835 Log Cabin and pioneer life of Adams County.

Interpretive Tour Docent
Presents tour of Mansion and/or History Museum that are thematic, historically accurate, and tailored to suit audience interest.

Curatorial Docent
Organizes artifacts, cleans, and appropriately stores items in collection.