The Mississippi Valley Traveler

The Mississippi River is a national treasure, even if we take it for granted. Use this site to explore what the Mississippi River has meant and continues to mean to us. You’ll find descriptions of river towns, photo galleries, articles about the river, music inspired by the Mississippi, books about the river, and much more. Just follow the links below or use the search utility above to go directly to what you’re looking for. Enjoy!


Discover a River Town

Thinking of traveling along the Mississippi River? Start with these profiles of river towns.


Mississippi River Music

How many songs are there about the Mississippi River? A lot. See the list and listen to some tunes.



Frank Dodge mysteries and travel guides in print or eBook formats.


Talks about the River

Bring the Mississippi Valley Traveler to your community for talks about river music, history, and getting to know the river.


Photo Galleries

Photos of people, places, and festivals along the Mississippi River.


About the Mississippi River

How much do you know about the Mississippi River?


Feature Articles

Stories about the people and places of the Mississippi River Valley.



Stories from the road and the river.


Mississippi Valley Traveler

Who is this guy and why does he spend so much time along the Mississippi River?

Recent Posts

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Headwaters Guide Excerpt)

September 15th, 2016|0 Comments

To mark the recent release of my fourth Mississippi Valley Traveler guide--the Headwaters Region Guide--here's an excerpt about one of the region's larger-than-life characters, Paul Bunyan. You might be surprised by a few things. And don't forget to check

The Old Clock Tower: Icon of a City

September 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Marking time for a region

Remembering Bill Marshall

July 25th, 2016|2 Comments

Remembering Bill Marshall, the Dean of the Forest

Recycling Hope

July 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Feeling down? Just wait a bit and something will float by to lift your spirits.

Life Where the Mississippi River Begins

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

New book explores the diversity of the Headwaters

Swinging over the Locks: The Quad Cities’ Government Bridge

June 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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