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Great River Road Visitor Center Grand Opening, Prescott, Wisconsin

 Travelers can watch eagles soar overhead while river traffic churns far below from the newly built Great River Road Visitor Center.  The Centersituated in scenic Freedom Parksits on a 100-foot sandstone bluff overlooking the confluence of the pristine St. Croix River with the muddy Mississippi.  Located in the classic river town of Prescott Wisconsin at the gateway to the Great River Road (why 35), its only 35 miles from the Twin Cities. Beginning May 26th 2006, the building and the grounds will be open to all interested people. 

 The Great River Road Visitor Center houses educational displays which explain: eagles and other local wildlife; river boating; Native American contributions; local commerce; travel information and more.  The Freedom Park groundswhich surround the Centerinclude a large picnic shelter, learning kiosks, park benches, amphitheater, gardens, walking paths, viewing areas, and outdoor terraces. 



For More Information, Call: Rhoda Thomas at Heritage Press
Phone: 608-457-2734
Email: middle_p@mail.uwlax.edu


Journal of the American Library Association

This review appeared in the November, 1989, Booklist.
has been updated four times since that date.

Middleton, Pat.Discover! America's Great River Road.

  • Volume 1, the Upper Mississippi. 232 p. illus. $13.95 (0-9620823-3-3)
  • Volume 2, the Middle Mississippi 250 p. illus. $13.95 (0-9620823-1-7)
  • Volume 3, the Lower Mississippi 250 p. illus. $13.95 (0-9620823-6-8) Available 7-96
  • The Mississippi River Valley holds some of the nation's most beautiful countryside and interesting history. Middleton takes the reader along the roadway known as the Great River Road, pointing out access points to marinas, lodgings, parks, campgrounds, and fishing sites. On the journey from [Memphis] to St. Paul, Minnesota, the author stops to visit historic and geologic sites, artisans, shops, restaurants, and town festivals.

    A terrific guide for those who relish boating, fishing, or cruising on land along the Mississippi.

    --Denise Perry Donavin

    Press Release
    For further information contact Rhoda Thomas Heritage Press, 608-457-2734

    First published in the Wisconsin REC magazine, May 1995. This article may be reprinted provided that credit is given to the author and original publisher.

    Romancing the Great River Road

    Middleton's books help travelers discover magic of the mighty Mississippi

    by Linda Hilton, Editor, Wisconsin REC News

    Two for the Road

    Pat Middleton loves to write. She also loves to travel, and she believes that every place has its own story to tell. So perhaps it is not surprising that the rural Stoddard, Wisconsin, resident should write about the nearby Mississippi and its Great River Road.

    Middleton's first two books--two volumes of Discover! America's Great River Road--are well-researched travel guides for motorists and boaters who follow the scenic Great River Road, which rambles the length of the Mississippi, first on one side of the river, then on the other.

    Middleton, a world traveler with her husband before they returned to Wisconsin, took to the roads again--this time traveling from town to town along the river to learn firsthand what travelers should know.

    Middleton's first volume, the Upper Mississippi, covers the Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and northern Illinois portions of the Great River Road, taking the traveler from Dubuque, Iowa, to St. Paul, Minnesota. Her second volume, The Middle Mississippi, meanders from Dubuque to St. Louis.

    Both books serve as guides for families touring the scenic route, supplying a little background of each town along the way and a summary of what to see and do, including parks, campgrounds, and historical sights. They also mention some interesting places to shop, stay overnight, and eat--though, as Middleton points out, it was not her purpose to list every restaurant or motel along the way.

    Instead, she includes something infinitely more interesting--intriguing sketches of characters, places, and early incidents that shaped the history of many of the areas along the river.

    The books brought rave reviews from as far afield as USA Today, the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Des Moines Register.

    Garrison Keillor, former public radio host of A Prairie Home Companion, commented, "That stretch of the river is one of the loveliest places in America, and Pat Middleton deserves a big cheer for mapping it out for us and giving good directions."

    Mississippi Kids

    Middleton's third book veers of on a slightly different course. It's a Mississippi River Activity Guide for Kids, and it's full of games, puzzles, and other educational activities centered on the river. For children actually traveling the Great River Road with their parents, there are daily logs to be kept, just as a real river captain would do.

    "I wanted schools and parents to know what I thought kids should know about the river," said Middleton. She added, "This book is taking on a life of its own. We have developed a Mississippi River Teacher Resource Kit that is being incorporated into school programs--even as far away as France--as a river studies component to courses in English, social studies, science and environmental education.

    Today, with three books on the market, Middleton contiues to promote the Mississippi River. A third volume of Discover! will be released late the summer of 1996. It will follow the river from St. Louis, through the French historical district, to Memphis, Tennessee. She is a frequent guest lecturer for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and a guest expert for the on-line services. She's also working on a novel set in the 1830s along the Mississippi River. Many of her articles about life along the Mississippi appear in Heartland Boating Magazine.

    To order a copy of Discover! America's Great River Road, call Heritage Press at 608-457-2734. Volumes 1 and 2 are $13.95. The Mississippi River Activity Guide for Kids is $5.50. Books may also be ordered from Heritage Press by mail at Rt. 1, Stoddard, WI 54658.

    On the Web

    Heritage Press also maintains the Mississippi River Home Page at http://www.greatriver.com/

    Net surfers will find a wealth of Mississippi River travel and educational information at this site, including a FREE 1300 word mini-guide to traveling the Upper Mississippi River. Middleton's books may be ordered directly on line. Viewers may also email questions directly to Pat Middleton, find a schedule of winter eagle watches, and peruse various travel features about places like the Museum of the American Quilter's Society.


    Press Release

    For More Information, Call: Rhoda Thomas at Heritage Press
    Phone: 608-457-2734
    Email: middle_p@mail.uwlax.edu

    For Release January 02, 1996

    Mississippi River Home Page on the World Wide Web

    What might Mark Twain have made of the World Wide Web? That we can only guess at, but modern day river buffs can make contact with Mississippi River author, Pat Middleton, at the Mississippi River Home Page on the World Wide Web. Middleton is the author of the Mississippi River travel guide series, Discover! America's Great River Road, published by Heritage Press, Rt. 1, Stoddard, WI 54658.

    The site provides a wealth of Mississippi River travel and educational resources in the form of interviews, time-lines and feature stories. Current features include information on the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY, and the 150th Anniversary of the Mormon Exodus from Nauvoo. Email river questions to the author in a section called "Stump the Riverlorian."

    Many additional river links are categorized as personal journals, educational, government, and tourism contacts. Order a FREE mini-guide to traveling on the Upper Mississippi River. Check the site out on the internet at: http://www.greatriver.com/ Please note the address has changed from www.geopages.com

    Volume 1 of Discover! interprets the heritage, natural history and recreational resources of the river from St. Paul to Dubuque (Upper Mississippi). Volume 2 guides the traveler through the Middle Mississippi from Dubuque to St. Louis. To be released this summer is Volume 3, the Lower Mississipi, from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee. Many elementary schools also use the Mississippi River Activity Guide, a workbook designed for children in grades three through sixth ($5.50). Discover! guides are available from the publisher (608-457-2734) for $13.95 each. Callers may also request the FREE mini-guide to the Upper Mississippi.