Here's a fun clipping that my fellow history buffs, Ken and Lisa Marks of Hannibal, should appreciate. They hosted Hannibal's first Big River Steampunk Festival on Labor Day Weekend, and hopefully it will become a tradition in Hannibal, Missouri.
Nov. 27, 1873
Sioux City Journal
The Journal of the 21st announces that the first press worked by steam, was started the evening before, leaving “big John,” their crankman, an idle spectator.
For more info on Hannibal's Steampunk festival, read this Hannibal Courier-Post article.