About Dean Klinkenberg

Dean Klinkenberg, the Mississippi Valley Traveler, is on a mission to explore the rich history, diverse cultures, and varied ecosystems of the Mississippi River Valley, from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. He is the author of Rock Island Lines, a mystery, and several guidebooks for the Mississippi Valley.

Swinging over the Locks: The Quad Cities’ Government Bridge

Even at 120 years old, the Government Bridge is an impressive feat of engineering.

By | June 12th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Ten River Festivals to Liven Up Your Summer

If your budget is tight this year and your dream trip to Venice is on hold, now is a great time to hit the road to get reacquainted with the history and culture of the Mississippi Valley. And what could be more fun than visiting festivals along the river that mix history and culture with

By | May 22nd, 2016|Travel articles|0 Comments

Public Works Projects Along the Mississippi: Enduring Benefits of the CCC and WPA

In 1932, the US Gross National Product dropped a record 13% and nearly one-quarter of the adult population was unemployed; in three years 40% of American banks had failed. In the first few weeks after his inauguration in March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt launched a series of ambitious public works programs to get people working

By | April 9th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Sevastopol

Sevastopol, a small settlement in a narrow coulee at the upstream end of Lake Pepin, began as a convenient place to build taverns for lumbermen in the area. The village was platted in 1857 by three men who didn't live there: John Elder, Hugh Adams, and GJ Richards. They probably snatched the name from a play called

By | March 6th, 2016|Ghost Towns|0 Comments

Cohasset

Population (2010) 2,698 History The city of Cohasset, a place with a lot more land than people, spreads out along Jay Gould Lake (named for a fur trader who lived in the area in the 1870s), but it also abuts Pokegama Lake and the Mississippi River. The city is named after a place in Massachusetts,

By | March 5th, 2016|Minnesota|0 Comments

Pleasant Hill

Population (2010) 966 History Brothers Belus and Egbert Jones were among the first Europeans to move into this part of the county, arriving in 1821 when Many Native Americans still lived in the area. They built a log cabin about four miles southeast of where Pleasant Hill is today and opened the county’s first tavern.

By | February 13th, 2016|Illinois|0 Comments