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Lowell Showboat

lowellmichiganLowell Michigan is home to the Robert E. Lee, a West Michigan riverfront showboat tradition. In 1932, the people of Lowell had a dream of bringing encouragement to the community plagued with the Great Depression. The first shows included dancing, music and minstrel shows.

The original boat was called the George Washington and when a new boat was built in 1935, the name was changed to the Robert E. Lee.

Since its creation, the showboat legacy has survived many difficulties; financial, WW2, neglect, and a devastating tornado leaving it onshore upside down. The Robert E. Lee was rebuilt in 1979 to once again bring entertainment to the community. The riverboat has been a host to acts from Hollywood, regional acts as well as local groups. During the summer there is a “Sizzling Summer Concert Series” on Thursday nights with free admission.

Today the Robert E. Lee is permanently anchored to the shore near the recently developed River Walk Plaza, which serves a focal point for Lowell’s summers activities. The showboat can be rented for weddings or other private occasions. During the Christmas holidays, you can visit Santa on the showboat.

Little did they know in 1932 that people would still be enjoying the showboat in 2008!

Written by Dave.