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Ten River Festivals to Liven Up Your Summer

If your budget is tight this year and your dream trip to Venice is on hold, now is a great time to hit the road to get reacquainted with the history and culture of the Mississippi Valley. And what could be more fun than visiting festivals along the river that mix history and culture with

By |May 22nd, 2016|Travel articles|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

Destination of the Day: Carp Fest

Lucky the Carp If you've tired of spending your New Year's Eve watching a crystal ball do the same thing it does every year in the same place, maybe you need a change of scenery. How about watching the traditional Dropping of the Carp in Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin)? While it may lack

By |December 24th, 2012|Destination of the Day|0 Comments

These Riverfronts Need Help

A couple of weeks ago I praised the cities along the Upper Mississippi River with the the best riverfronts. Now it’s time to prod the cities that could do a lot better. I resisted calling these the “Five Worst” because I think any place that provides a decent view of the Mississippi River shouldn’t be

By |November 30th, 2011|About the Mississippi Valley|3 Comments

Prairie du Chien

Population (2010) 5,911 Introduction Prairie du Chien is Wisconsin’s second oldest community and one of the oldest along the Mississippi River. Located on a wide prairie next to the river, Prairie du Chien has lost much of its old town to that unruly mistress, the Mississippi River, but continues to reshape itself as it moves

By |October 21st, 2009|Wisconsin|1 Comment

Persistence and Luck Led Me to Jail

When I visited with the Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin) Chamber of Commerce last week, I learned that the old courthouse has a jail/prison/dungeon in the basement that is sometimes open for tours. I got the name of a contact in the local historical society who had led tours in the past. I called, but he

By |February 16th, 2009|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments