Before luxury cruise ships, yachts and passenger ferries, the steamboat was how many people made their way across America. Commentator Gary Joiner delves into this yesteryear mode of transportation that is now mostly for tourism and spectacle. 

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All aboard for History Matters! Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a trip through the history of railroads.