American Queen’s anniversary celebrated _lowres

Photo provided by Laurie Walsh -- St. Francisville Board of Aldermen Mayor Pro-Tem Rucker Leake, left, presents a resolution naming June 8 'American Queen Day' to American Queen CEO John Waggoner. Officials from the town and West Feliciana Parish met the boat at the Mississippi Riverfront to celebrate the ship's 20th anniversary.

The American Queen celebrated its 20th anniversary in St. Francisville. Officials from the town and West Feliciana Parish President Kevin Couhig greeted the boat at the Mississippi Riverfront as it made a stop June 8.

Main Street and Tourism Director Laurie Walsh gave a brief synopsis of the event during the St. Francisville Board of Aldermen’s meeting June 9.

During her report, Walsh said the town celebrated the anniversary occasion with a resolution naming June 8 as American Queen Day. She said local officials were given a tour of the boat, and a flag that had flown on it and a plaque were presented to West Feliciana Parish from American Queen CEO John Waggoner.

With regular excursion stops in St. Francisville, the American Queen is billed as the largest steamboat ever built and as the only authentic overnight paddle wheel steamboat in America.

With Mayor Billy D’Aquilla on vacation, Mayor Pro-Tem Rucker Leake conducted the brief board meeting.

In other action, the board passed a resolution to renew an agreement between the Capital Area Human Services District and the town to provide professional police security services at the health unit.

St. Francisville Police Chief Scott Ford said security is provided every other week for the unit as a safety measure.

Leake also mentioned to the board that Garden and Gun magazine featured St. Francisville in an article titled “10 Sweet and Soulful Southern Hideaways.”