History Amzi Doolittle (one of my all-time favorite names) and Edward White arrived in 1826. Doolittle built a mill near where a little village called Appanoose was platted in 1836. Another European who arrived early was Patrick Dougherty of Sligo County, Ireland. He built a home here in 1829 and later walked all the way […]
Population (2010) 146 History Pontoosuc peaked early. Kentucky-born Hezekiah Spillman moved in and built a home around 1825. He made a living by selling wood to passing steamboats, so this spot naturally became known as Spillman’s Landing. He also ran a ferry across the river; here are some sample fees: $1 for a man and […]
Population (2010) 945 History Israel Atherton purchased the land around present-day Dallas City in 1836 and built a log cabin but didn’t stick around all that long. He sold the land to John Finch, who platted a village in 1848. It got off to a slow start. Nearby Pontoosuc was already established and had more […]
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Comments From Readers
“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.
“Hey, Just found, read and finished your Lansing to Le Claire. Being a 78 year old that has followed the Mississippi, up and down, all my life, I thought I had little more to learn about the cities, villages and crossroads along the river. Not So! Absolutley loved your book. Great history, great descriptions, great humor. Just top notch!
Thanks for the great writing.
–Don Staats, Onalaska, Wisconsin