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Thread #4257   Message #3008803
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
16-Oct-10 - 10:49 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: RE: Origin: Shenandoah
See my post of 05 May 09 and earlier posts by Lighter and Masato. The "Shenadore" version was reported by Alden in 1882, and he said it was known to him from 30 years earlier, thus ca. 1850.
Mention of San Francisco in one of these versions of the sailor's song also suggests that time period.

The 'wide Missouri' likely refers to Missouri territory, not the river.
Did Shenadore derive from Shenandoah? Possibly.