The Sea Wing Disaster

In 1888, well after the peak of the steamboat era, David Niles Wethern and Marion Sparks invested in a new sternwheel steamboat to ply local routes. The Sea Wing stretched 135 feet long and 22 feet tall and was based on the Mississippi River at Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin. Both men piloted the boat, which

By |2018-10-09T18:01:56+00:00October 9th, 2018|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Searching for the Headwaters of the Mississippi River

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.

By |2018-09-02T11:56:53+00:00August 29th, 2018|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Help Me Pick the Cover for My New Great River Road Guide Book

I need your opinion! I'm nearly finished with the writing and production for my latest guide book: Road Tripping Along the Great River Road, Volume 1. This book will describe weekend-ish road trips for places along the Upper Mississippi River, from the Headwaters to southern Illinois. I'll post more details soon. For now, though, I

By |2018-07-22T10:17:05+00:00July 22nd, 2018|News|6 Comments

The Gateway Arch is Finally a Part of St. Louis

Rising 630 feet above the Mississippi River and covered in gleaming stainless steel, the Gateway Arch is one of the most famous monuments in the world. It has become a proud symbol of St. Louis, yet somehow it has felt apart from the city where it was built. Busy streets and parking garages created physical

By |2018-07-07T14:23:26+00:00July 7th, 2018|Features|0 Comments

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