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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

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

Thomas Paquette’s Visions of the Mississippi River

Like many of us, painter Thomas Paquette had a simple idea that quickly grew out of control. His plan to paint the 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities morphed into "Why not paint the whole river?" It took a while to explore the river and complete the paintings, but the

By |2018-04-18T14:20:44+00:00April 18th, 2018|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

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