FORT MADISON (WGEM) — An American Cruise Lines riverboat stopped in Fort Madison on Sunday and introduced in over 100 vacationers to city.
Patricia Hyde is a Massachusetts resident. She hopped on the American Cruise Line Riverboat in St. Louis, loved the trip to Fort Madison and traveled town for just a few hours.
“Probably the most attention-grabbing factor is the barges. Right here you have received good surroundings and an lovable little city alongside. I want we might cease at extra, however we have got solely a weekend,” Hyde mentioned.
Sandy Ayers and her husband traveled from Ohio for the riverboat and says she want they might’ve seen extra and carried out extra buying as properly.
“We did get to go to the Fort and see some demonstrations there and there is a professor there that is very attention-grabbing. He is aware of lots about this complete space” Ayers mentioned.
Old Fort Madison is likely one of the historic websites they toured. Web site supervisor Eugene Watkins mentioned tourism greater than doubled their enterprise this weekend.
“Often it isn’t fairly this busy and so this has been, you realize, very constructive for us,” Watkins mentioned.
Watkins mentioned enterprise round this time of yr begins to decelerate. He mentioned on common 60 folks come via on a traditional weekend. He mentioned this weekend 120 folks got here via.
“It has been very useful for our our backside line I suppose you may say and for getting us recognized just about throughout the nation. These excursions are folks from all around the United States.”
Ayers mentioned Fort Madison is a fantastic sight to see.
“Properly, it has been nice. I want we have been right here on a day aside from the Sunday when every part is closed, nevertheless it appears like an awesome little river city and love seeing all the homes that we glided by,” Ayers mentioned.
The riverboat departed from the Fort Madison at 2:00 p.m. Sunday to complete the remainder of it is tour throughout the Midwest.
Watkins mentioned the Outdated Fort Madison, positioned in Riverview Park, is open for excursions on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to five:00 p.m. till the top of October.