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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.

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

Pike Station

Pike Station sprung up near the foot of the Champ Clark Bridge that connects Louisiana, Missouri with rural Illinois,  a small community that is even smaller today than it used to be. The first bridge crossed here in 1873; the Champ Clark Bridge opened in 1928. Before there was a bridge, there was a ferry crossing

By |February 12th, 2016|Illinois|0 Comments

Atlas

Atlas is the oldest community in Pike County, founded in 1823 by Colonel William Ross, the same year it was chosen as the county seat, which was also the same year its fortunes peaked. The Ross family arrived here from Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1820 and ended up building their homes about where the village of

By |February 11th, 2016|Illinois|0 Comments