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

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


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


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

Twin Cities Photo Gallery

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.

By | December 23rd, 2015|Of Places|0 Comments


Population (2010) 865 in the township History The future village of Nininger was built on a high bank above the river, safely out of reach of high water, but with good access to the river. The settlement was first known as Bluff Landing, then as Bassett's Landing because John Bassett lived there. The first settler

By | December 22nd, 2015|Minnesota|0 Comments