Navigating the Rivers

The Western Pilot proved an indispensable resource to those seeking to navigate the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. During his 1828 flatboat trip of more than 1,200 miles, Lincoln put in the Ohio River at Rockport, Indiana, shown here.

Because he was just nineteen years old, Lincoln had to turn over the twenty-five dollars that he earned to his father upon his return to Indiana. Three years later, on his second flatboat trip to New Orleans, Lincoln would keep his earnings.