The Admiral riverboat, one of the most popular draws along the St. Louis riverfront, first arrived in St. Louis in 1940, and did daily sightseeing and dance cruises. But the ship stopped cruising in the late 1970s, when the Coast Guard found it had structural weakness. The ship reopened one last time in 1994 as the President Casino, but that gamble didn’t last very long, in 2010 it closed down for good. 


Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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