Take a Cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat

December 20, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mark Twain RiverboatNorth Little Rock’s Mark Twain Riverboat is one of the few authentic paddle wheel boats in existence, a stern wheeler offering dining, charters, and cruises on the Arkansas River.

Many people don’t realize that the name “Mark Twain” is actually a Mississippi riverboat term meaning “mark number two” or two fathoms = twelve feet: the safe depth for a steamboat’s passage. The writer, Samuel Clemens, once a “cub” steamboat pilot himself, first started using this phrase as a pen name in 1863 and, with his success, forever cemented the phrase as a name.

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