THE FAMOUS PACKET KATE ADAMS
Way’s Packet Directory has the following history of the KATE ADAMS (the first) as follows; built Sewickley, PA, 1882. 250 feet long x 37 foot width x 8 foot draft. Five boilers . Boat built entirely under contract to James Rees & Sons., Pittsburg. Built for Maj. John D. Adams and named for his wife. He headed the Memphis & Arkansas City Packet Co.. Had an Edison electric light system, one of the first so equiped.
The Adams, along with numerous other river packets, made Helena a regular stop on trips up and down the Mississippi River. Below is an example of Helena residents using the passage.
HELENA WEEKLY WORLD
SEPT. 3, 1902