A historic steamboat may be returning to the Ohio River. The Delta Queen hasn't been in the Tri-State for five years, but it could be again soon. In 2008 the Delta Queen was taken off the water because Congress said the wooden frame was a fire hazard. Five years later Congress may be willing to let the boat return to the water.
"When they took her off the river it was a huge loss," said Beth Strawn of the Downtown Henderson Partnership. "My favorite part with the Delta Queen is..one the beauty...and two getting to meet the passengers," she added.
The steamboat added beauty to the riverfront and dollars in town.
"They would shop, they would eat. So she was a huge economic boom to our downtown," said Strawn.
That boom could soon return to Henderson. Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield is trying to pass a bill that would allow the delta Queen back on the Ohio River for the next 15 years.
"She's beautiful and when you look at her you go back in time," said Strawn.
The bill to allow the Delta Queen back on the Ohio River passed through a subcommittee last night and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.