Editor's Note: We have recently received a
number of stories from readers who want to share the experiences of their
parents on the Mississippi River. Carl Franson's story of four college boys
building a Shanty House and then floating the river, is fascinating.
We have made some slight changes to make
this piece more reader/online friendly. In his book, Carl was quite deliberate
about choosing to call his shanty boat a "Floating House" rather than a
houseboat. The term "shanty boat" accurately describes a "floating house."
You may purchase the
softcover edition of SECOND AGE by visiting either of these links:
My Year on a Mississippi River Shantyboat
Carl A. Franson
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