On July 11, the Grand River Historical Society Museum, gave a presentation about an adventure taken by Chillicothe's Olive Rambo 100 year ago.
On July 11, the Grand River Historical Society Museum, gave a presentation about an adventure taken by Chillicothe’s Olive Rambo 100 year ago. In 1917, the teenager and a companion took an estimated 180-mile boat trip from Chillicothe, down the Grand River into the Missouri River, on a boat that she built as part of a school project. In 2017, inspired by the story, museum volunteer Rodney Mouton built a replica of the “Black Eyed Susan” to his estimated specifications of the original. On Saturday, August 19, the Black Eyed Susan 2, made its way to the Grand River for an exhibition. Mouton gave short rides on the Black Eyed Susan 2, to bring people closer to the experience of Rambo. On a section of the Grand River just south of Chillicothe, the small boat took to the water and moved around quite well. According to a 1917 newspaper article printed in the Kansas City Star about Olive Rambo, the summer vacation trek lasted three weeks and the traveling duo had little more than a rifle and a tent.