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North Webster in Kosciusko County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Dixie

Indiana's Oldest Sternwheel Paddle Boat

The Dixie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, April 23, 2014
1. The Dixie Marker

LENGTH: 76', WIDTH: 17.5', DISPLACEMENT: 35 tons, DRAFT: 14-22"

Built by Captain Joseph Breeck and launched in 1929
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Sept. 24, 2009


This tour boat is a steel-hulled, sternwheel powered vessel. In its early years, the boat served as a floating grocery store, blacksmith shop and mail carrier for residents around the 585-acre Webster Lake. Since its original launching, the Dixie has become a major tourist attraction in northern Indiana and a symbol of the community of North Webster.

The preservation and restoration of this historic vessel is an ongoing project funded by donations and grants under the direction of the not-for-profit Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.

This historical marker donated in memory of Harriett Durzinsky

(Lower Tablet)
History of Dixie Ownership
1929 - 1939   Joe Breeck
1939 - 1949   Jay Knapp
1949 - 1959   Earl Ungeright
1959 - 1980   Ernest
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1980 - 1987   Walter Nellessen
1987 - 1994   Greg Van Pelt
1994 - 2008   Dan & Bo Thystrup
2008 - Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is September 24, 1591.
Location. 41° 19.371′ N, 85° 41.605′ W. Marker is in North Webster, Indiana, in Kosciusko County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of S. Dixie Drive and E. Himes Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 S Dixie Dr, North Webster IN 46555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Webster Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Mock Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Greider / Oak Grove Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Continental Divide (approx. 2˝ miles away); Stewart-Griesinger Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Indian Oven (approx. 4 miles away); Chief Papakeecha’s House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Pound General Store and Post Office (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Webster.
Also see . . .  The Dixie Boat. Official website of the Dixie. (Submitted on April 27, 2014.) 
The Dixie image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, April 23, 2014
2. The Dixie
The Dixie image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, April 23, 2014
3. The Dixie
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on April 27, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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