Short stories about historical events

From Slave to Emancipator

Keokuk, Iowa on the Mississippi River About 70 miles north of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi floodplain is bisected by a five-mile wide valley carved by the Des Moines River. South of the river is the State of Missouri; north is Iowa. It's a scenic area but not especially remarkable. The Missouri side has

By | February 14th, 2013|Historical shorts|1 Comment

Election Day Special

In honor of Election Day, I offer three short stories of nineteenth century political games in Mississippi River towns. As new areas were settled, communities fought contentious political battles over the location of the county seat, like these places did. Enjoy! Rock Island County (Illinois) In 1833, Hampton and rival Farnhamsburg (now Rock Island) competed

By | November 4th, 2008|Historical shorts|2 Comments