[photo caption] SCENE ON THE OCKLAWAHA RIVER
TRIP UP THE OCKLAWAHA ON THE HART LINER "OKEEHUMKEE"
HELEN POMEROY, OF COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., THE AUTHORESS.
If the tourist wants to take a weird and exquisitely beautiful excursion through the heart of Florida, he must not fail to take the steamer "Okeehumkee" from the city of Palatka up the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers to Silver Springs. I am going to try and describe the experiences of three ladies, who took this trip, and were charmed by its weird unique beauty. You are received with the courtesy of a hostess in her own house by the owners of the quaint little steamer "Okeehumkee," which is unique in shape, as it is built to follow the course of a river that has one thousand and one sudden and horseshoe-shaped curves, and so narrow that, as the captain says, "she has to climb the trees to get around them." The steamer leaves Palatka at about 12:30. Just after one leaves, one is treated to a most delicious dinner. I say treated, for it was equal, if not better, than the dinners given at all the first-class hotels in Florida. This was the opinion of all on board who had visited them- no style, but home-like and well cooked. The steward greets you with, "Ladies, take any seat you wish, I reckon you will
State Archives of Florida: Collection M81-7, Box 02, Folder 1
Promotional pamphlet for Okeehumkee Steamer trip.