Lewis and Clark return anniversary

It was cool to me to be docked at the St Louis waterfront today where Lewis and Clark returned on this date in 1806 after traveling across the continent for 2 years, 4 months, and 10 days. Their story is one of my favorite stories from my River History Audiobook Series.
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Departing St Louis

There is little more amazing than cruising the Mississippi beneath St Louis' Gateway Arch!

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Podcast about Orrin Ingram

In this episode we highlight the founder of the family business that has grown to be a leader in river shipping: Orrin Ingram and the Ingram Family.

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Podcast about engineer Charles Ellet Jr.

Today we highlight an 1800s engineer, bridge builder, and the visionary of today’s modern flood control system – Charles Ellet, Jr.

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Podcast about explorer Alexander Mackenzie 

In this episode we highlight the first Euro-American to cross North America: Alexander Mackenzie. Enjoy and share with your friends and family!

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Podcast about legendary river history writer Dr. Louis C. Hunter

This episode highlights the author of one of the great masterworks in chronicling the importance of river transportation and the steamboat era: Dr. Louis C. Hunter.

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Podcast about legendary Missouri River Captain Joseph LaBarge

In this episode, we review the life of one of the great Missouri River steamboat captains, Captain Joseph LaBarge.

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Podcast about the advocate for the Erie Canal

A canal to connect trade from the Great Lakes across New York to the Hudson River – that was the vision and accomplishment of New York governor DeWitt Clinton. Enjoy!

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Podcast about explorer La Salle

This episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame podcast spotlights explorer Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle.

La Salle was one of North America’s foremost explorers whose travels expanded knowledge of the Ohio River, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River valley.
La Salle led the first expedition down the Mississippi River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in 1682, establishing France’s claim to the vast Mississippi River drainage basin. His vision of a New France stretching from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico anticipated the future greatness of the Mississippi Valley.

More about La Salle’s impact on the development of North America is featured in our River History Series audiobook about “The Louisiana Purchase.” To learn more about this dynamic learning opportunity, CLICK HERE.

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Podcast highlights artist George Catlin

This week’s episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame podcast highlights artist George Catlin. Enjoy!

George Catlin was an adventurous and talented painter who ventured to the American West several times in the early 1800s. His paintings gave many in the United States and in Europe their first view of the landscape, animals, and the Native Americans of the west. Plus, wonderfully, many of these artistic treasures still survive!

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