In addition to commercial goods, steamboats carried passengers and their personal belongings out West. Travelling via water, as opposed to land, reduced travel time and fares. Ticket prices could be further reduced if the emigrant selected second-class deck passage, opting out of a cabin and meals, which could be as low as 30% of a first class ticket (see Corbin 2000). The affordability of steamboat travel made it an appealing and accessible option for a diversity of individuals. Single and married men made the journey in the hope of increasing their prosperity, married women with children traveled to reunite with their husbands, and occasionally single women ventured West with independent aspirations. Among the many male Bertrand passengers were at least three women with children and two single sisters, journeying westward to join family members. Steamboats also carried ideas and cultural trends up the Missouri, most notably the Victorian values prevalent during the latter half of the nineteenth century. These abstract concepts can be traced in the material artifacts mass-produced by industrial centers for consumers across the nation. Assorted domestic artifacts from the Steamboat Bertrand provide a case study for examining the transition and recreation of the quintessential nineteenth-century home on the mining frontier.