Author Archives: RiverHistory

The Great Tom Hook

Savoring one of the greatest New Orleans musicians – the one and only Tom Hook – working his magic at the historic Old Point Bar. Cold outside and hot in here! #nola

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Snow in Louisiana!

Snowing this morning and Oak Alley Plantation closed! Cruised on down to New Orleans. I looked it up- since record-keeping began in 1849, this is the 39th time snow has been recorded in New Orleans! Cold and lovely!

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Podcast: William Peter Sprague

Peter Sprague was one of the most prolific boat builders of the 19th century. The boat he built that carried his name was perhaps the most famous towboat of the 20th century. Never miss an episode! To subscribe to this … Continue reading

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Podcast: John Wesley Powell

In this episode we feature famed explorer of the Grand Canyon, John Wesley Powell. But Powell’s contributions stretch far beyond his cinematic-worthy white-water exploration through the Grand Canyon. He greatly broadened U.S. exploration, he became a renowned director of the … Continue reading

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Podcast: E W Gould

Half a century working on the rivers prepared him for a milestone historical work. Today we highlight the accomplishments of riverboat captain and historian E. W. Gould.

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2018 Schedule confirmed!

To view the 2018 dates and cruises onboard which Laura and I will be lecturing and entertaining, just CLICK HERE to visit my Schedule Page. Laura and I are proud to return to work another year under contract with American … Continue reading

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Podcast: Captain Mary B. Greene

In this episode, we highlight the amazing life and career of Captain Mary Becker Greene. You can also subscribe to this podcast series through iTunes by CLICKING HERE. Captain Mary served her final years on the legendary “Delta Queen” steamboat. … Continue reading

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Podcast about inventor James Rumsey

Twenty years before Robert Fulton debuted his successful steamboat, James Rumsey unveiled his revolutionary “jet” propelled steamboat in 1787.

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First glimpses of Autumn color

Finally getting some autumn color from Lake Pepin on up the Mississippi to Red Wing. So perfectly beautiful!

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Charming LaCrosse, WI

Gorgeous waterfront, rich history, great hiking trail, and a vibrant college town. Love LaCrosse!

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