It might not have happened without the Queen and other excursion boats that followed
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.
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.