Commercial ice-boat begins operation in Wisconsin on the Upper Mississippi
A commercial ice-boat, riding on the ice rather than the water, went into successful operation on the upper reaches of the Mississippi in Wisconsin. The vessel started at Prairie du Chien and traveled thirty-two miles in a trial trip on the frozen river in just over two hours, carrying twenty passengers. (By John Osborne)
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 35.