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The Earl S. Miers River Photographs date from the first decade of the 20th century (approximately 1900-1912) and show steamboats, buildings, people and scenes along the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. Many of the photographs depict steamboats belonging to the St. Louis & Tennessee River Packet Company along with crewmen and laborers who worked on them. There are scenes of riverboat landings and the varied work and activities that occurred there when boats tied up. Images depict mule-drawn ferries, African-American ‘roustabouts,’ drovers loading hogs, oxen hauling cargo, and crossties being loaded at a tieyard.