Vintage Boat Postcards From Where? What?


South Dakota!

For years I have been joking that we have no readers from Wyoming, and places like Nebraska, Kansas and Utah are also on the bottom of the readership list. Makes sense. Not States known for boating…or are they? Maybe its my ignorance and prejudice of  states in the middle of nowhere. South Dakota? WELL…Slap my ass and call me Sally.

Wyoming! WOW!

Wyoming again!

Lake Mead Arizona and Nevada

Nevada! Thats one narrow area.

Nevada and Arizona! Lake Mead with water in it

Kansas, yup!

Kansas. Yup, it’s more than just a State with a long boring drive.

Nebraska! Actually, little known fact, Nebraska has more ground water than any other state!


I am sure I am missing some places. One may think Iowa or Oklahoma might be on the list, but those places are boating paradise. I think I recall hearing that Iowa of all places had the most Barrel Backs delivered to back in the day.

IOWA! Lake Okoboji, we have many readers from there. 

Lake Texoma Oklahoma, BTW, love that graphic on the bow! 

So! See! or Sea? You have no excuse for not having a classic boat, no matter where you live!

13 replies
  1. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Looks like Woody boats are needed in Wyoming also. Jenny Lake Grand Tetons national Park.

  2. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Not to be argumentative but “More ground water than any other state”? That’s not surface water is it?, wouldn’t that be underground? I delivered a 21′ Cobra to a customer in Valley, NE (just west of Omaha) around mid November and trying to get it there ASAP before a freeze coming the next evening. After traveling 1200 miles to get the boat, then another 1500 to deliver, then getting a flat during rush hour in Omaha at 6:30PM on a Friday 45 minutes from my destination on brand new tires did not make my day. (and with no spare, they were brand new tires and didn’t have a matching rim for spare). Fortunately, a fellow Dodge truck owner stopped and went home to loan me a snow tire until I could get it fixed which wasn’t going to be that evening. I gave him a $100 just for his trouble, delivered the boat to a very cool man cave building built like an armory in mid to late 40’s. Owner was perturbed he had to wait so didn’t get much of a conversation on the man cave. I asked was he a member of ACBS or any boat clubs or had any other wood boats and he said he just bought the boat to look at and take to a lake in Iowa occasionally. Spent a the whole next day waiting for new tire from Lincoln while run/walking Omaha trails in snow flurries and 25 mph winds gusting to 50 at 32 degrees. Then anther 1100+ miles home.

  3. Reddog
    Reddog says:

    (Smack). Hey Sally , being from Michigan ✋ …I/We ( Mi. Minn, Wis) take offense when you say Kansas has more ground water than any other state. Really? Really?

  4. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Yeah, but Sconnie and Minnesota still rule. And Michigan is right up there.

    You know, pre air conditioning the northern Midwest lakes were where people from the more southerly states fled. Entire Minnesota or Wisconsin lakes would be filled with cabins from families from places like St. Louis or Oklahoma City. Mom and the kids would spend all summer and Dad would take the train north for a couple of weeks.

    There just are so many amazing lakes up here in God’s country.

  5. Mike Hagan
    Mike Hagan says:

    1963 and my dad taught me to ski on Lake Madison SD. Very explicit instructions from him. “Get in the water and grab the handle. When you feel it start to tighten up wait a few seconds then standup and hold on”. I still go boating there. 😎😎😎

  6. Danny
    Danny says:

    The aluminum boat with the star logo on the bow is a Lone Star. That was the graphic they used on their earlier boats and I agree, neat graphic!


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