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The first steamer on the Lakes was the Favorite, a thirty-passenger launch that was built on the Cedar River, shipped by rail to Spencer, loaded on a pair of horse-drawn wagons and transported to West Lake Okoboji. She was launch in April 1881 and carried passengers between Arnolds Park, then known as Arnold’s park, and Spirit Lake.

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Fastest start by any of us collaborators — our newcomer Arnie Garson! Great reading in all of his columns, which have covered a wide range of topics.

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Interesting column.

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