The bell from the steamboat Rose Bud may be featured on "Antiques Roadshow."
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The passenger manifest lists names, points of embarkation and destination.
The bell from the steamer Rose Bud announced the arrival of the nation's top general, William Tecumseh Sherman, on his historic tour of military posts along the Yellowstone River in 1877. It was the sternwheeler's maiden voyage.
The worn cover of the Rose Bud's Cabin Register.
The sternwheeler's Portage Book shows officers and crew for every trip.
The Rose Bud's Portage Book lists officers and crew for every trip.
John Spomer, of Hardin, bought the steamer Rose Bud's bell from a North Dakota antiques dealer 10 or 12 years ago. He had it appraised last summer when "Antiques Roadshow" visited Billings.
In this vintage photograph, the Rose Bud's bell can be seen suspended between her smokestacks.