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: Amazon.com or AuthorHouse 


Second Age

My Year on a Mississippi River Shantyboat


by Carl A. Franson


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2004 by Carl A. Franson.  All rights reserved.


No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or

transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording,

or otherwise, without written permission from the author.


ISBN: 1-4140-4057-1 (e-book)

ISBN: 1-4140-4056-3 (Paperback) 


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Photo of Carl Franson at the age he was when he and some pals spent a year on a home-made Mississippi River shantyboat or "Floating House."



Dedicated to  

My Wife 


Our Children



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