IOWA HISTORY PROJECT
Chapter LIV (incomplete)
Saturday Evening Post
E. H. Thomas
CHARM OF TRIP ON BIG RIVER
Winona Loved and Heart was Sad
Stolen Interviews With Cheppawa Lover--War Memories
In Minneapolis there is a published weekly newspaper called the
Improvement Newsletter, My old Friend Capt Fred A. Bill sends a copy
containing an article of the charms of the big river.
The author of this article is Elliott Randall some
of The Mississippi River Trip
Thousands of people in Minneapolis and vicinity have a vacation
every summer and many travel miles to see some sense of renown or
magnificent scenery. They
spend hundreds of dollars, sit on hotel verandas, and come home tired
and refreshed while here at our very doors after an inexpensive summer
trip on one of the most beautiful waterways of the world.
Why go to the Adirondacks the Hudson, the Colorado resorts,
beautiful though they may be when one can take a boat at St. Paul and in
about eight days be back again after a delightful trip on the
Mississippi from here to St. Louis and return?
The American public does not realize this nor do many of the
people in St. Paul and Minneapolis, but the fact is that the pleasure
seeker, the automobilist, the teacher, the convalescent and the business
man can find no more enjoyable trip than that on the Mississippi.
Across the landing stage as the summer glides along of the dock
in St. Paul there is always a shipload of converts to the “See America
First,” idea of cool breezes, rippling water and picturesque bluffs
that are calculated to infuse enthusiasm.
There is a fascination in this beautiful waterway which lingers
long after one is left its banks. The
picture lover could take his camera, the automobilist his machine, and
the world at large prepared to have the time of their lives on a stream
which is filled with unwritten essence.
It was in 1667 that Father Marquette first heard of a mighty
stream going south. In his
little mission of St ace he heard the Indians tell of a mighty Messa sa
he that divided one sea from another and that flowed to the sea.
With Louis, Joliet, a courier he started with a commission from
the French government in search of the river.
In a libraries one can get copies of old maps which show their
voyage down the shores of Lake Michigan to Green Bay and from there into
the river and Lake Winnebago. A
port was required to reach the Wisconsin--- and drifting down its broad
current it came at last to the Great River the waters flowed to the sea.
The Upper Mississippi scenery has remained practically unchanged from that time to this. Beginning at St. Paul the shores present a verdant fairyland. The land widens into grassy channels and great bluffs draw near the waters edge. Often they are of solid rock carved by hand for ages into fantastic shapes, colored and covered with a beautiful mist. From the junction of the St. --and Mississippi the crags and low rocks seem primeval as seen from the boats deck they present a never to be forgotten picture. One passes Red Wing and its colleges, touches at pretty Winona and then travels through a region where there is no hint of man save his railroad on shore. La Crosse is seen later, Prairie Du Chien is passed famous for queer shaped Indian mounds, mute statements to the industry of a race that has passed off the earth. Another [rest of article missing].
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