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 out the photos of Paul and Babe at the end of the post. They get around. To buy a copy
Bill Marshall was a generous and gracious man. We sat down for an interview in 2011.
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.
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
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,
The Mississippi River runs right through the heart of the Twin Cities, a lively metropolitan area anchored by Minneapolis and St. Paul. Flip through the photos in this gallery for a peak at the riverfronts, neighborhoods, festivals, and architecture of the region.