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Tour of Belle’s Calliope - Part 1 of 6

What Is a Calliope?

The calliope is a steam-powered musical instrument, like a pipe organ, that sits atop the Belle of Louisville. (Note the red arrow pointing to the calliope.)

Calliopes have been a part of steamboats since the mid-19th century. They were used to draw the attention of people when a boat was coming into a landing. The sound of the calliope might encourage someone to buy a ticket to take a ride!

Calliope Pages:

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Calliope Gallery

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Tour and Gallery images may be used for non-commercial, educational purposes. Gallery sections may contain extra images not found in the tours.

Calliope | Landing | Firebox | Pilothouse | Paddlewheel | Engine Room | Smokestacks | Bell | Rudder | Brig | ‘Scape Pipes | Belle on the River | Safety Features | Steam Whistle | Decks

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