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Today, May 16, 2013, is the anniversary of the first time a steamboat hit a railroad bridge
pier. The accident occurred between Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois.
and Railroads have been competing along the Mississippi River
since Abraham Lincoln and the steamboat
newest publication is for
all those RAILROAD BUFFS who've requested a collectable version
of Mike Gillespie's new addition to his "Steam Era" collection.
Michael offers the same thorough yet entertaining attention to
historic accuracy that characterize both COME HELL OR HIGH
WATER, and WILD RIVER, WOODEN BOATS! Full index, full glossary,
and dozens of historic photographs!
OLD TIME RAILROAD STORIES
An Anthology of True Adventures,
Humorous Tales, and High
Melodrama Written by Those Who Lived the Era!
Edited, with Introductions by
Michael Gillespie. Full Index, Glossary, and dozens of
Historic Steam Rail Photographs Published by Great River
172 pages, B/W $19.95 ISBN 978-0-9711602-5-5
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to see all our Mississippi River books and Antique Maps!
May 16, 2013... Sandhills are still on their
nests... nearly 2 weeks later than in 2012
CRANES RETURN TO UPPER MISSISSIPPI, March 5!
With the last flakes of the
winter's heaviest snowfall, 3 Sandhill Cranes wafted noisily over the bluff
tops just south of La Crosse on March 5, 2013. My guess is that it was a group
of bachelors clattering away in hopes of getting a call back from another
"early bird." But there was only me to greet them this time!
MORE RAILROADS!! Classic Journeys with Great River Publishing!
Considering a classic railroad journey? We have
reviewed the Vancouver/Banff trip on Canada's VIA Rail, Alaska, and the Rhine
River by train. Visit our
Waterway Cruises: Train Journeys to explore!
And also new! Our hand-painted Historic
Reproduction of the MONTANA RAILWAY MAP from
Great River Arts.. Order online at our
new collection of hand-painted maps from the Old Northwest Territories...
Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, the
Dakotas and MORE! Most of the NW Territory maps date from the turn of the 19th
century. We also have a 1731 De l'Isle which is considered to be a
foundational map for both the Northwest and the Mississippi River Valley.
"The Cartographer draws the map. The artist makes it
beautiful." ... Quote from the Vatican collection of ancient maps.
Our map artist is now making her paintings of
old maps of the
Northwestern States available on our map pages
... with dynamic paintings of a 1906 series by John Bartholomew which includes
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, and Colorado.
We are also pleased to offer Guillaume de l'Isle's 1731
foundational map, CARTE DE LA LOUISIANE ET DU COURS DE LA MISSISSIPPI, for
purchase. All our maps may be studied in an enlarged format at our
photo site. This map is
extremely detailed for much of the United States, including the Mississippi
River valley. It was compiled based on the memoirs of early fur traders and
explorers and includes a special inset for the mouths of the Mississippi River.
All maps continue to be on sale, for the first time this year!
"I have visited the map page 100 times this
year, wishing I could buy one of Lisa's beautiful maps...!"
If this sounds like you, take note...we are
offering a special first time ever, 20% OFF SALE
on ALL our Hand-painted historic reproductions of
antique Mississippi River maps!!
And order now, this offer is extremely
Summer River topics abound in the archives of Greatriver.com... Click HERE
for www.greatriver.com birding archives or here for
BIRDING archives from
our RAMBLIN' ON Blog. To
find a vast array of articles related specifically to Eagles or
other subjects, use our greatriver.com SEARCH engines!
WATERWAY CRUISE REPORT: Cruising the Galapagos Islands on the
If you have been considering
a small boat
cruise of the Galapagos Islands,
there have been several recent developments that make the remainder of
2011 prime time for this destination. Visit our newest Waterway Cruise
for details and recommendations for visiting Ecuador!
Armchair travelers will enjoy our extensive
Great River Road has been rated America's #1 Scenic Byway
The Mississippi River is taking center stage as
the American Queen garners considerable favorable media with her new
cruising schedule. Cruising the beautiful Mississippi River valley by road is
every bit as fascinating. Small towns, deep history, scenic vistas, and
a plethora of recreational opportunities await boaters, fishermen, hikers,
bikers, and others who appreciate the natural history of our great river.
you are looking for a story-teller at the bow of your boat, or a "friend on
the road," there is one guide to the heritage and natural history of the
Mississippi River Valley that has been recommended by readers, national media,
and libraries across the county:
"Discover! America's Great
River Road, in four volumes,
is a terrific guide for those who relish boating, fishing, or cruising on land
along the Mississippi River." ~BOOKLIST MAGAZINE, American Library Association
If your travels include Memphis to the Gulf of Mexico, let us recommend:
Volume 4, DISCOVER! America's Great River Road, MEMPHIS TO THE
240 pages. Many
maps, photos, historic images. Index, Appendices
enjoyed our epic journey enormously, thanks mostly to your DISCOVER!
America's Great River Road guidebooks. The
history, culture, and suggested detours provided daily fascination. We
just wanted to thank you for your good work!" ~ Readers from Vermont.
"I am Louisiana French on my mother's side and had a
7th Grandfather who was killed at Fort Rosalie in 1729, so the Louisiana
section was of great value to me. I enjoyed it so much that I would like
the other three volumes of DISCOVER!
Thanks so much!" Reader from Louisiana
"Last year we traveled 5,000+ miles along
both sides of the Mississippi River. It was a fabulous trip... in large part due
DISCOVER! America's Great River Road
Reader from Oklahoma