Remembering Bill Marshall

Bill Marshall was a generous and gracious man. We sat down for an interview in 2011.

By | July 25th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|2 Comments

Recycling Hope

It feels like the world has been full of nothing but bad news lately, but, as often happens around the Mississippi, just wait a bit and something will come along to lift your spirits. That was the case this week, when a crew of six explorers/activists floated into Alton on some trash from New York.

By | July 16th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Life Where the Mississippi River Begins

The first time I visited Itasca State Park, where the Mississippi spills gently out of Lake Itasca, the park was covered in a foot-and-a-half of snow and most of the lake was frozen. It was late January, and I wanted to get an idea of what the place was like in winter. I wasn’t disappointed.

By | July 13th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

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

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

Father Mazzuchelli’s Churches

The frontier priest traveled the Mississippi River to serve tiny parishes. His buildings still grace many rivertowns.

By | January 19th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments