Here’s a treat I want to share today. NPR and Codeswitch asked artist Afua Richardson to create a piece to illustrate a favorite work of art. She chose to illustrate the Langston Hughes poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. You can see what she created here. But wait, there’s more! Open that page to see the […]
In 1831, Henry Shreve, a riverboat captain who was always looking for ways to make it easier to navigate the Mississippi River, saw a bottleneck on the lower Mississippi and wanted to do something about it. At Turnbull’s Bend, the river made an 18-mile meander where it connected the Mississippi to the Red River to […]
The first time I walked in the door of the Third Street Deli in Pepin, Wisconsin, Judith, the owner/chef, looked up from the grill and said “Ooh, a handsome stranger just walked in.” I was a little hung over—honestly, I was very hung over from a late night exploring the downtown bars in La Crosse—and […]
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State of the Mississippi River
“…author Dean Klinkenberg equips readers with the knowledge they need to make the most of their visit. ‘Driftless Area Travel Guide’ is a must for any Mississippi traveler.”
–The Midwest Book Review, January 2011.
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–Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. March 28, 2010
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–Nick Bergus, The Iowan. July/August 2010
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“If you are planning to take the Great River Road along the Mississippi River…be sure to take along these new travel guides by Dean Klinkenberg… Actually, the books are entertaining to read without leaving your chair.”
–Becky Sisco, Big River Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010.
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