Mississippi River Houseboat Circa 1906

From Eric Light via Godfrey Stephens.

Eric says to check out …”loo on poop deck.”

Supposedly on Shorpy, but couldn’t locate it. However lots of great vintage pics on Shorpy.

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Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Mississippi River Houseboat Circa 1906

  1. yarapa says:

    I love Shorpy's stuff, get lost there on a regular basis.

  2. Here is is, a small part of a much larger picture – which makes it even more alluring.


  3. gary green says:

    how did this boat propelled itself?

  4. I wonder if it even has a propulsion system. I suppose it could be simply moored there as an inexpensive way to live on the river. Anyway, we will likely never know for sure.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks like the restroom hung over the water on the lower right corner. Look out below…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Awesome historical photos @ Shorpy, how about this one for SHotM?



  7. jesmed says:

    These river houseboats were commonly called shantyboats. For a wonderful description of river life on a shantyboat, I highly recommend reading Harlan Hubbard's book "Shantyboat."

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