While we settled on the name Mississippi by the mid-eighteenth century, we were still trying to define what body of water that name applied to—specifically, just where the river we called Mississippi began. This wasn’t just an act of intellectual curiosity. At the end of the eighteenth century, border disputes between the U. S.
The forests Up North may not have the majestic red and white pines that they did before we cut them down, but they still teem with life. Wildlife busily feasts as the forest erupts with a steady succession of treats that ripen in the brief window from last to first frost. The weather this
Today I'm featuring a guest post from G. F. Gallagher, who writes fondly about the years he lived in and got to know friendly St. Paul, Minnesota. If you have a piece you'd like me to consider running, please contact me. Dean Author's Note: I'm a native Chicagoan, but for a good part
To mark the recent release of my fourth Mississippi Valley Traveler guide--the Headwaters Region Guide--here's an excerpt about one of the region's larger-than-life characters, Paul Bunyan. You might be surprised by a few things. And don't forget to check out the photos of Paul and Babe at the end of the post. They get around. To buy a copy
Remembering Bill Marshall, the Dean of the Forest
New book explores the diversity of the Headwaters