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"This is it folks. This book is the real thing. Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about towboats. How they operate and who works on them. Navigating, the rivers, locks and dams, bridges- how it all goes. The best book on the subject ever!"  

B.K.- Red Wing, MN


"Captn Tom:  

I recently purchased a copy of your book ALL ABOUT TOWBOATS at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. I was pleasantly surprised; it’s a great book and the best I’ve seen on the subject. I’ll be looking forward to your next book!"

Joel. H.-    Carmel, IN


 "Tom, my husband and I are staying a few days in Trempealeau WI at Inn on the River, which had your book at the front desk.  I so enjoyed it! Can you let me know how to order a copy for us?  It answers so many of our questions about the barges we see & the lives of the folks on them, & the locks etc.  Thanks for writing it!" 

Martha A, Minneapolis, MN.  

Wow! I learned sooooooooo much! I always wondered about all the things that Capt. Struve writes about! The book flows so well and is a pleasure to read. I couldn't put it down!"  

Ken D.- St Joseph, MO


This book is a steal at only $10. We frequently take road trips on the Great River Road and I will enjoy observing the tows so much more now. An excellent read and super reference book for towboat enthusiasts!" 

Kathy C.- St Paul, MN   

LIFE OF A RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN

Check out this great video

Purchase ALL ABOUT TOWBOATS at these locations

MISSISSIPPI AND ST. CROIX RIVERS -- ST.PAUL & MINNEAPOLIS AREA

EXPLORE STORE @ SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA

Overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown St Paul, MN.  Home of the 

MV Charles E Towboat (a real towboat on display) & the Mississippi River Visitor Center

120 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102 

CLICK to go to:  https://www.smm.org/mississippi


GREAT RIVER ROAD VISITOR AND LEARNING CENTER

Don't miss this jewel located overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River in Prescott, WI.

200 Monroe St., Prescott, WI 54021

CLICK to go to:   http://www.freedomparkwi.org/

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

FAIR TRADE BOOKS 

Located in historic downtown Red Wing, Minnesota. 

320 Bush St, Red Wing, MN 55066

CLICK to go to: https;//www.facebook.com/FairTradeBooks/


RED WING MARINE MUSEUM

Located right on the riverfront on the Mississippi in Red Wing, Minnesota.

935 Levee Road, Red Wing, Minnesota. 55066

CLICK to go to: http://www.redwingmarinemuseum.com/


LAKE PEPIN PEARL BUTTON COMPANY

Adjacent to beautiful Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota

26 S Washington Street, Lake City, MN, 55041  

CLICK to go to: http://pearlbuttonco.com/


CHAPTER 2 BOOKS

Located in downtown Winona, Minnesota at 121 West 3rd Street.  

CLICK to go to: https://www.chapter2winona.com/


WINONA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

Three marvelous museums and a phenomenal gift shop open 7 days a week 

in the History Center located in historic Downtown Winona, MN.

Click to go to: 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g43648-d124536-Reviews-Winona_County_Historical_Society-Winona_Minnesota.html


LAURA INGALLS WILDER MUSEUM 

On the Great River Road in Pepin, WI 

306 3rd St, Pepin, WI. 54759 

Click to go to:  https://www.lauraingallspepin.com/


GARDEN PUB AND GRILL

A great place to "refuel"  located at 210 3rd St, (Hwy 35), Pepin, WI. 54759

Click to go to: https://www.pepingardenpub.com/


NATIONAL EAGLE CENTER 

Located directly on the bank of the Mississippi River

in beautiful and historic downtown Wabasha, MN 

50 Pembroke Ave, Wabasha, MN 55981

CLICK to go to: https://www.nationaleaglecenter.org


WINGS OVER ALMA

Right on the Mississippi River (Lock and Dam #4) in historic Alma, WI 

110 N Main Street, Alma, WI. 54610

Click to go to: http://www.wingsoveralma.org/


EXPLORE LA CROSSE COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

Lots of great regional information and located in beautiful downtown riverfront park

410 Veterans Memorial Drive, La Crosse, WI.   54601

Click to go to: http://www.explorelacrosse.com/


VALLEY FISH AND CHEESE

Lots of unique gifts and fresh cheese and smoked fish! MEET Mississippi MIke! 

304 S Prairie St, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 

Click to go to: https://www.valleyfishpdc.com/


FORT CRAWFORD MUSEUM 

Learn how Wisconsin's second oldest city grew from a frontier fur trading village into a midwestern river town.  717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821  

Click http://www.fortcrawfordmuseum.com/


NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM 

Connected with the Mississippi River Park and Trail

Right on the bank of the Mississippi River in historic downtown Dubuque, Iowa.

350 E. 3rd Street, Dubuque, IA 52001 

CLICK to go to: https://www.rivermuseum.com/


RIVER LIGHTS BOOKSTORE  

In the heart of Dubuque's historic downtown at 1098 Main Street, Dubuque, IA. 52001   

Click to go to: https://riverlights.indielite.org/


CELEBRATION RIVER CRUISES 

Enjoy daily river cruises aboard the Celebration Belle                                                 

A huge gift shop on the Mississippi at Moline, IL.
2501 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265 

Click to go to: https://www.celebrationbelle.com/


BUFFALO BILLS and MISSISSIPPI HERITAGE MUSEUM

Right on the Mississippi and featuring the Steam Towboat Lonestar- wonderful! 

Quad Cities Area, 199 N Front St, Le Claire, IA 52753 

Click to go to: http://buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com/


MUSCATINE HISTORY and INDUSTRY CENTER  

Learn the story of how the historic Mississippi river town of Muscatine, Iowa became 

the pearl button capital of the world.  117 West Second Street, Muscatine, Iowa 52761 

Click to go to: http://www.muscatinehistory.org/#sthash.8niYDAYs.dpbs


THE IOWA STORE

Located on the bank of the Mississippi at the Port of Burlington, IA. Welcome Center  

400 N Front St, Burlington, IA 52601

Click to go to: http://www.iowastore.net/


BURLINGTON BY THE BOOK 

A great bookstore in downtown historic Burlington at 301 Jefferson, Burlington, IA. 52601

Click to go https://www.burlingtonbythebook.com/


GEORGE M. VERITY RIVERBOAT MUSEUM 

Downtown historic Keokuk, Iowa right on the Mississippi River 

Victory Park-  Mississippi River Dr., Keokuk, IA 52632 

Click to go to: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g38040-d8403197-r417709269-George_M_Verity_Riverboat_Museum-Keokuk_Iowa.html


MARK TWAIN BOYHOOD HOME AND MUSEUM 

Exhibits, educational programs, tours, and a fabulous gift store!   

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home, Becky Thatcher House, John M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Grant’s Drug Store (Pilaster House) & the Huckleberry Finn House. 

120 North Main Street, Hannibal, MO 63401 

Click to go to: https://www.marktwainmuseum.org/


MARK TWAIN BOOK AND GIFT SHOP

Wonderful collection of river books in the heart of the Hannibal, MO shopping district. 

312 N. Main Street, Hannibal, MO 63401

Click to go to:  https://www.visitmo.com/things-to-do/mark-twain-book-gift-shop 

ST LOUIS AREA and SOUTH

NATIONAL GREAT RIVERS MUSEUM 

Great River Treasures Gift Store   

State of the art interactive displays and exhibits 

located at right of the lock-wall of one of America's busiest inland locks.

Melvin Price Locks and Dam, #1 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton, Illinois 

Click to go to: http://greatriverroad.com/Cities/EAlton/riverMuseum.htm


MISSISSIPPI MUD POTTERY 

310 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 

Overlooking the "Mighty Miss" right on the river in historic downtown Alton, IL.

Just upstream from Lock 26 and the National Great Rivers Museum 

Click to go to: https://www.mississippimudpottery.com/


ALTON REGIONAL VISITORS BUREAU

Right of the riverfront overlookiing the Mississippi in downtown Alton., IL

Lots and lots of GREAT FREE regional information AVAILABLE HERE   

Click to go to:  http://www.visitalton.com/


FIRST MISSOURI STATE CAPITOL HISTORICAL SITE  (Missouri State Parks) 

Located within a stone’s throw of the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park, 

and in the heart of historic downtown St. Charles, MO 

Click to go to:

https://mostateparks.com/park/first-missouri-state-capitol-state-historic-site


GRAFTON HARBOR MARINA - WINE & OYSTER BAR

A fantastic stop along the Mississippi River with fabulous food and gift shopping 

215 West Water Street, Grafton, Illinois 62037 

Click to go to: http://graftonharbor.net/harbor_home.html


KIMMSWICK KORNER GENERAL STORE

Lots of one of a kind gifts and a great family stop in the heart of historic Kimmswick, MO 119 Market Street, Kimmswick, MO 63053

Click to go to: http://www.kimmswickkorner.com/index.php


SPANISH STREET MERCANTILE 

Awesome Ice Cream & more exquisite antiques than you can imagine               

located in downtown Cape Girardeau, MO                   26 N Spanish Street

Click to go to: https://www.facebook.com/Spanish-Street-Mercantile-168229819855311/


 A. SCHWAB MERCANTILE 

Incredible selection of gifts and awesome museum items right in the center of

marvelous Beale Street in Downtown MEMPHIS            163 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103

Click to go to: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g55197-d4744074-r259105369-A_Schwab-Memphis_Tennessee.html

ILLINOIS RIVER VALLEY

CLARK'S RUN ANTIQUES

A marvelous stop along the Illinois River in the gorgeous historic town of Utica, IL. 

215 N Division St, North Utica, IL 61373

Click to go to: https://www.facebook.com/clarks.antiques/?rf=223029711056744


LOCK 16 CAFE and CENTER 

Shop and eat in a quaint, vintage setting with a focus on Illinois history and American heritage.  Open year-round, the Lock 16 Café serves breakfast and lunch. 

The Lock 16 Center & the I&M Canal Boat are located right next door.   

754 First Street, La Salle, IL 61301 

Click to go to:  http://www.lasallecanalboat.org/shop-eat/


PRAIRIE FOX BOOKS

A great independent bookstore in historic downtown Ottawa, Illinois, 

at the confluence of the Fox and the Illinois rivers.   722 La Salle St, Ottawa, IL 61350 

Click to go to: https://prairiefoxbooks.com/


ILLINOIS WATERWAY VISITOR CENTER 

Located on the guide-wall at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the river in Ottawa IL. 

Watch towboats lock through. Check out the actual towboat pilothouse in the museum. 

Click to go to

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g36508-d3211066-Reviews-Illinois_Waterway_Visitor_Center-Ottawa_Illinois.html


SMOKEY ROW ANTIQUE SHOP 

Shop and enjoy. 

Located in the lovely and historic Upper Illinois River town of Lemont, Illinois.

Click to go to:  https://www.facebook.com/Smokey-Row-Antique-Shop-720424081328706/


OHIO, TENNESSEE, and CUMBERLAND RIVER AREAS

FRAZIER KENTUCKY HISTORY MUSEUM 

located in Historic Downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  On the Ohio River 

immediately across the street from the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum and Factory. 

Click to go to: https://fraziermuseum.org/


HOWARD STEAMBOAT MUSEUM 

The amazing historic residence of Captain E. J. Howard. The spectacular three-story 22 room restored mansion is a repository for river and steamboat history. Don't miss it! 

1101 East Market Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 

Click to go to: http://www.howardsteamboatmuseum.org/


RIVER DISCOVERY CENTER

located in the historic downtown waterfront area in Paducah, Kentucky 

just behind the levee on the Ohio River 

immediately downstream from the mouth of the Tennessee River.

Click to go to:  http://www.riverdiscoverycenter.org


KENTUCKY DAM MARINA 

Located within Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

at Mile Marker 23 on the Tennessee River.    466 Marina Dr., Gilbertsville, KY 42044 

Click to go to: https://kydammarina.com/


MARKET STREET MERCANTILE

Incredible unique gift store one block from the Cumberland River and right in the heart of the honkytonks in fabulous downtown Nashville  111 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

AND a second store at the phenomenal Marathon Museum Village-don't miss these stores!

Click to go to: https://www.facebook.com/MarketStreetMercantile/

ARIZONA

PEBBLE CREEK CREATIVE ARTS CENTER GIFT SHOP 

Excellent selection of art, gifts and books offered by wonderful residents of Pebble Creek.  

Click to go to:  

http://pebblecreekhoa.org/sub_category_list.asp?category=57&title=Creative+Arts+Center

Grateful For

Dicks Towboat Gallery

Thousands of Towboat Photos and More... 

CLICK BELOW to go to: 


http://www.towboatgallery.com/The_Towboat_Gallery.php

NATIONAL EAGLE CENTER 10.13.18

THANK YOU

                  

Annette Hedquist -Executive Director

                  BECKY SUMMERFIELD  Education Programs Manager          

                                    

                           

Towboat Enthusiast Resources

Dicks Towboat Gallery http://www.towboatgallery.com/The_Towboat_Gallery.php

VIDEO- Boat Threading a Needle- great example of how a towboat steers from the rear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k2v-rfe2pM


VIDEO- Towboat Downbound Hastings Bridges- another example towboat steers from rearhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT73SIMvC6M


VIDEO- Tight bridge N/B- great video showing navigating going upstream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk3Vl8wjYYs


VIDEO- Towboat southbound Savannah, TN - video showing tow "sliding" with empties 

and Captain steering and "holding a point"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrOSl2p3-mM


VIDEO- Browns point and Vicksburg bridge 40 loads -great video showing navigating going downstream and Captain steering and "holding a point"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_SDpFA3gwo


VIDEO- Downbound Louisville -video showing navigating going downstream through bridges 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDa6QAdDO4c


VIDEO- Flanking Vicksburg Bridge in High Water - video showing navigating going downstream in flood conditions and Captain reverses engines to perform "flanking" maneuver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xw4tZ8N9XE


VIDEO- View from the Pilothouse 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6zlswDF2Sg 


VIDEO-  Upper Mississippi Lock 11- good view of re-assembling "break coupling" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xIjsPNjawE

 

American Waterways Operators  -lots of river industry facts https://www.americanwaterways.com/media/fact-sheets/facts-industry 


WONDERFUL 2001 Historical Overview of River Transportation in MN http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/PDF/2001RiverTransportationMN.pdf 

 

LINK to Tom's June '18 Talk about Towboats                                   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f8ERTODYnc&t=2336s

THANK YOU DESERT FOOTHILLS LIBRARY

Sheri Kesling                                                         

Program Coordinator       WRITER'S CONNECTION 

Ashley Ware 

Programming Librarian    DESERT FOOTHILLS LIBRARY 

Shea Stanfield 

              Arts Columnist     FOOTHILLS FOCUS 

SELF PUBLISHING & MARKETING Writer's Resources

Editor I highly recommend 

https://www.freerangeeditorial.com/


LINK to YouTube Video of LULU Formatting Template 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8oS-zkkQBY


LINK to KDP PPT tutorial on YouTube 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ8_YeS88-s


LINK to YouTube video called PUBLISHING ON CREATESPACE  

Each time she says CreateSpace, same for Kindle Direct Publishing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkFWnluIx0Q&t=104s


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LINK to Tom's Talk about Towboats                                   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f8ERTODYnc&t=2336s



A Handbook about Towboats Working Inland Waterways

You will love this book!

Captain Struve grew up on the banks of the Mississippi in Prescott, Wisconsin, one of many proud river professionals from that community. "Wow! That must have been something! What a cool career! What are the towboats like?" This is the kind of question asked by everyone I have ever met when they learn that I worked on the river for years. 


Congratulations! 

You can buy or order the book now that will answer that question and more! 

Settle in for all kinds of fun facts and personal observations 

about rivers, the towboats, and life onboard. 

I promise you will enjoy this nautical journey! 


KEEP WATCH

for book number two by Captain Struve entitled 

WATCH THE BUMP!  Stories from my Years Working on the River 

due out soon! 

AND... 


CALLING ALL TOWBOAT COOKS and Fans and Families of Towboat Cooks! 

A third book is in the planning stages that will feature "the best of the best" 

of towboat cook recipes and warm and loving tributes and anecdotes 

related to your favorite towboat cooks you know or may have worked with over the years. 


Don't miss this opportunity! 

If you have a favorite towboat cook recipe or story of your very favorite towboat cook of all time, DROP US A NOTE in the space available below 

and we will be happy to tell you how to go about submitting your story or recipe.

10% of all profits from this book entitled

WE LOVE OUR TOWBOAT COOKS! 

will go directly to FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN

https://www.fmsc.org/about-us/our-mission

About Our Books & Services

Who are we?

  

Tom Struve went to work on the river right out of high school and enjoyed twenty-plus years as a successful towboat captain. Chapter two of Tom’s professional life includes almost three decades specializing in management of high performance service delivery in the public sector. Now moving towards retirement, Tom’s perpetual optimism, unlimited energy and his generous creativity continue to serve him well as a writer. 

Shannon Tyree enjoyed remarkably successful careers as an urban planner, a public relations professional, and as a marketing manager for civil engineering services. She continues enjoying public speaking, marketing, editing and writing. Her verve, passion, and marvelous humor set the stage for her wonderful professional writing and marketing projects. 

Our books....

  

Tom's first book, All About Towboats, is available now in both digital and print formats at        amazon.com/books 


Additionally, we are busy partnering with local booksellers and specialty outlets in river towns along the rivers where Tom captained towboats to get copies on their shelves. 


Be sure to keep a lookout for Tom's next book 

Watch The Bump!, Stories from 

my Years Working on the River-

due out soon. 

Our Services

  

Offering a full menu of marketing and administrative support services, please be sure and contact us. We would love to hear from you!   

  

Tom Struve / Shannon Tyree

Drop us a line!

Be sure to send a note or a great TOWBOAT COOK RECIPE or STORY. We would LOVE to hear from you!

We love our readers/customers. Let us know about anything you might need.

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