Annie P arriving at Denison on Red River. Photo possibly by Jack Hendricks. Denison backstamp.
Collection of Grayson County
steamship Annie P. docks on April 21, 1905, near Colber't’s Ferry’ landing on
the Texas side of the Red River after becoming the only steamship to make the
trip up the Red River from Shreveport, Louisiana.
The boat is carrying passengers and
cargo. When it left Shreveport, it also was carrying whiskey, but W.M. Porter,
who named the ship for his wife, Annie, being a little scared of trouble over the
whiskey, dumped it overboard.
Shortly after it arrived, people came from far
and wide to see the Annie P. and town leaders came for speechmaking led by Dr.
Alex Acheson and E.A. Thompson, publisher of The Denison Herald. The boat
returned to Shreveport a few days later with a load of compressed cotton.