Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mail Boats on Geneva Lake, Wisconsin-- Part 2: Miss the Boat, Hit the Water

What began in 1916 as a service born out of necessity has evolved into a popular tourist attraction in this historic resort town 80 miles northwest of Chicago.

Everyday, at 10 a.m. from June 15 to September 15 (looks like you'll have to wait until next year for this one), passengers on the Lake Geneva Cruise Line's Mailboat Tour go along for the ride as jumpers do their thing.  (No doubt there is much hope for a miss of the boat).

The boat is often sold-out and 155 people watch as jumpers go from the moving boat to a pier, sprint to the mailbox, jam the mail in, and then make a run and jump back onto the boat.

When rich folks started building their mansions on Geneva Lake around 1900, roads were essentially nonexistent, hence the need for mail to be delivered by boat.


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