A Paddle on the Wild Lower Mississippi River

It’s just after noon, the sun is high and hot, and I’m standing at the end of a boat ramp ...

Picture of the Day: Why Location Matters

Location matters. Sometimes it takes a while to figure that out.

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Keithsburg

Population (2010) 609 Introduction Keithsburg did pretty well for over a century, but repeated flooding eventually took a heavy toll, especially the big floods of 1993 and 2008. History John Vanatta arrived in what would become Keithsburg in April 1827, just a week after William Denison settled in neighboring New Boston. Vanatta’s brother, Benjamin, moved […]

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Jimtown

Jimtown, located near Illinois City, was so named because a lot of guys named Jim lived there (or so the story goes). Most of the men, regardless of their name, worked at a nearby coal mine. It was a tough place full of inpatient guys. During a dance one evening, one of the guests didn’t […]

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