This framed and matted 1987 watercolor by Heinbaugh was inspired by a photo at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It features the steamboat Eclipse loading passengers in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Eclipse, a sternwheel packet with a wood hull, was built in California, Pa., in 1878. In all she made 11 trips to Fort Benton between 1878-1887. She was the flagship of a fleet of steamboats in 1881 carrying several thousand Native Americans from the Yellowstone to agencies in the Dakotas. Last owned by Montana Transportation Co., Capt. Isaac P. Baker, master. She was fatally snagged 15 miles below Sioux City, Iowa, on Sept. 3, 1887. Frame measures 16.5" x 10.5".
Donated By Sharon Ohlmacher/Lori Juszak