Houseboating In The 1890's

February 2015 Web Exclusive

Some of you might remember Katie Burke's story from January 1st about houseboat history and other interesting facts. "I think there is still a lot of fun information when we look back at the history of houseboating," Katie said. If you totally agree with her on that point, you're going to love this.

If you’re interested in seeing what houseboating life might have looked like in the 1890’s, check out these stunning photographs from “House of Light,” recently organized by Chris Engholm. Centered around the lives of Hugo and Gayne Preller, this fantastic couple traveled along the White and Mississippi Rivers from 1895 to 1950 in their floating home/photo studio. Hugo and Gayne made stops along the way to offer services such as gun repair to the river towns they docked in. Captured in age-old sepia and black-and-white tones, this shots are a timeless testimony of the draw of living on the water to yet another couple born centuries ago. 

Whatever your political standpoint might be, visit the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette to see this beautiful collection and share in the awesomeness of houseboating across the ages. 

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