Very good. Signed by author. Light, small spill soil, top page block. Near fine. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 157 p. Retired Albuquerque businessman Ed Wright began his journey at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, MN, and reached the Gulf of Mexico 2322 miles later. Two-thirds of those miles were by a 16-foot canoe, and the rest by paddlewheel steamboat and fishing boat. Join the author as he describes the scenery, wildlife, giant barges, locks and dams, dangerous whirlpools, steamboat travel, people, and history of the towns and cities en route.
Near Fine. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Inscribed By the Author 156 Pages. Author's five-line inscription on the half-title page. No other marks or stamps to this tight bright book with flawless interior text pages. Ed Wright, a retired Albuquerque businessman, relates, in an interesting and easy-to-read fashion, the incredible story of his trip down the entire length of the Mississippi River. The story begins at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, the headwaters of the Mississippi, and ends 2322 miles later at the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Over two-thirds of this mileage was traversed in a sixteen-foot canoe with the balance by paddlewheeled steamboat and fishing boat. Read how the Mississippi begins, ankle deep and a few steps wide, and ends a meandering giant carrying the drainage from forty-one percent of the United States. Thrill to the wildlife, the giant barges, the locks and dams, the dangerous whirlpools, a real-life steamboat and the final day's race to the Gulf. Meet the people and learn the history of the towns and cities that you will go through, all comprising a slice of Americana unique in its heritage. There is no other Father of Waters. Contents in 19 Chapters: Introduction, North to Bemidji, More Minnesota North Country, Logs Bugs and Steamboats, Sort of South To Minneapolis, Minneapolis and a Whole New River, The Great Flood Subsides, The Adventure Continues, Pleasure Boats-A Clear and Present Danger, Missouri Off The Starboard Bow, Tom Sawyer Country, St. Louis and a Whole New River, Headin' For Cairo, The Lower Mississippi-Things Ain't The Same, Surviving The Channel, Capsized, Steamboating, Paddling On Downriver, New Orleans, and On To The Gulf. Plus Reflections.
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