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Life Saving Station 10

 
 
Life Saving Station 10 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
1. Life Saving Station 10 Marker
Inscription.
Life Saving Station 10
Life-saving stations, established by the Life-Saving Service, precursor to today's Coast Guard, were set up by the Federal Government along the western rivers in 1881 to provide aid to endangered river travelers. Louisville was the first locale chosen for a station because the Falls of the Ohio, a treacherous rapids, presented numerous navigation challenges. Louisville's first-life saving station was placed in service November 4, 1881 and was replaced in 1902 and again in 1928 with new ones: all called Life Saving Station No. 10. The vessel was decommissioned by U.S. Coast Guard in 1972 and renamed the Andrew Broaddus in honor of a former Louisville mayor. The present station was built in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1928 based on a design resembling its predecessor. Equipped with two skiffs, a six-oar surf boat, and a motor utility boat, its crew rescued stranded passengers, salvaged cargo, saved drowning swimmers, recovered bodies, and extinguished fires on water and land. It is the only floating life-saving station to survive and one of very few life-saving stations of any kind in the nation. It has been moored at its present location since 1981 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It serves as offices and wharf boat for the Belle of Louisville.
An Official Kentucky Bicentennial
Plaques on the Mayor Andrew Broaddus image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
2. Plaques on the Mayor Andrew Broaddus
Celebration Project.

 
Location. 38° 15.553′ N, 85° 45.303′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of West River Road and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on West River Road. Touch for map. Located on the Mayor Andrew Broaddus Lifesaving Station, docked at the Louisville Riverwalk, next to the Belle of Louisville. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 W River Road, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Coast Guard World War II Operations in Louisville (here, next to this marker); Mayor Andrew Broaddus (a few steps from this marker); Belle of Louisville (a few steps from this marker); Captain John F. Gilooly (a few steps from this marker); Visitors at Louisville Wharf / Louisville’s Steamboat Era (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Belle of Louisville (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / York (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irene Dunne (1898-1990) (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
3. The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10
The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
4. The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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