Posted by: oldsalt1942 | September 9, 2009

Shantyboats of Another Era

Kent Griswold submitted this photo by Jerry Waters to Tiny House Blog


Regarding the photo Waters wrote, “I remember a few Shanty Boats on the Elk River (West Virginia) when I was a kid. At one time, these houseboats stretched from the mouth of the Elk all the way up to the Trolley bridge. These were very tiny, usually one or two rooms at the most. The bathroom was the river, usually an “outhouse” built right in to the boat that dropped into the Elk. This photo shows the last of the Shanty Boats just before early Urban Renewal.

The original post can be found here: . If you like old B&W photos from an almost forgotten era Jerry Waters’s other photos are here:



  1. It would imagine living on a houseboat would be quite an experience.

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