1915: Powerboat racing attracted large crowds to Hannibal's riverfront

 

What was happening in Hannibal 100 years ago today?

 

The eighth annual regatta of the Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association. An estimated 10,000 people were in town for the event, which featured boaters from throughout the nation.

 

Among the events for July 9, 1915 were a 10-mile cruiser race and a free-for-all 20-mile race.

 

Read a story about the event, published in the Macon Republic newspaper on July 9, 1915. Click here

 

See a photo of an entry from Hannibal:

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