The first steamboat to come up the Mississippi River and land at St. Louis was the 'General Pike.' One source says it was in 1817. Another source says the 'General Pike' wasn't built until1818. However, both sources acknowledge Jacob Reid as the Captain. The 'General Pike' was forty feet long, twenty-five feet wide, had fourteen staterooms, and was the first boat built exclusively for passengers.

The first steamboat to come up the Mississippi River and land at St. Louis was the 'General Pike.' One source says it was in 1817. Another source says the 'General Pike' wasn't built until1818. However, both sources acknowledge Jacob Reid as the Captain. The 'General Pike' was forty feet long, twenty-five feet wide, had fourteen staterooms, and was the first boat built exclusively for passengers.