River of Conflict, River of Dreams: Three Hundred Years on the Upper Mississippi

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A richly detailed history of the early Upper Mississippi as the major highway into America's Midwest frontier for Native Americans and for pioneers. Birchbark canoes, romantic passenger steamboats, log rafts, and grain barges all traveled Mark Twain's river. The commercial life of the Mississippi ended with the coming of the railroad. Dams and locks then constricted the river, bringing floods and dumping refuse and sewage into the water. Ignored and abused, the river was disregarded by communities for over a ...

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Overview

A richly detailed history of the early Upper Mississippi as the major highway into America's Midwest frontier for Native Americans and for pioneers. Birchbark canoes, romantic passenger steamboats, log rafts, and grain barges all traveled Mark Twain's river. The commercial life of the Mississippi ended with the coming of the railroad. Dams and locks then constricted the river, bringing floods and dumping refuse and sewage into the water. Ignored and abused, the river was disregarded by communities for over a century. Today the Mississippi River is in the midst of a renaissance. Now, with the water clean enough to swim in, environmentalists and developers use the river thoughtfully. No longer shunning this water lifeline, communities are returning to its banks for housing, recreation and pleasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880654309
  • Publisher: Pogo Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Ch. 1 The river 9
Ch. 2 The first inhabitants 20
Ch. 3 Early river craft 33
Ch. 4 Zebulon Pike's voyage to the north 40
Ch. 5 The voyage of the Virginia 47
Ch. 6 The early towns 54
Ch. 7 The new towns 71
Ch. 8 The ill-fated Nininger and Rolling Stone 92
Ch. 9 Davenport and the quad cities 97
Ch. 10 The removal of the Indians 103
Ch. 11 Emergence of the twin cities 118
Ch. 12 Life on the steamboats 136
Ch. 13 Rafting the white pine 170
Ch. 14 The grand excursion 188
Ch. 15 The railroads 209
Ch. 16 The betrayal 229
Ch. 17 The mussels 247
Ch. 18 The nine-foot channel 257
Ch. 19 The floods 273
Ch. 20 The return to the river 279
Ch. 21 Our river - our home 294
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