Join the author and his crew as he captains a towboat on a trip from St Paul to Chicago. You will journey down the Mississippi to St Louis and up the Illinois River all the way to Lake Michigan. You'll learn the language of the river in these fascinating stories that put you right there in the pilothouse. You can watch, hear and practically taste and smell life on board with a cast of larger-than-life characters.
While observing these huge tows pass by on the river, you have many questions. What's it like to work on the river? Where do crews stay? Is there a cook and good food? How powerful are they? How do they steer? How do they get through the locks? ALL these questions and more are answered in this comprehensive overview of towboats that work America's rivers.
The author grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River and dreamed about going to work on towboats. Meet his fellow employees and mentors. See, feel, and hear how it is to live and work on the deck aboard towboats that navigate America's mightiest rivers. This book places you on board, at work and at leisure, twenty-four hours a day, thirty days at a time.
Love Stories is a collection of stories about the authors outdoor adventures and hobbies. In each, she shares her unique insight and revelations. Whether in a deer stand, at the trap field, on the golf course or sailing, you will be with her, side by side, adventuring together.
EVERYTHING you need to know about visiting San Diego Area beaches with your best canine buddy! Every beach that allows dogs from the southern border of the US all the way up the Pacific Coast to Del Mar, CA. Off leash beaches and those that have specific times and days. Locations, facilities, parking. It's all here!
A great how-to book about flying sport and stunt kites! You've seen people flying these kites. Is it hard? What happens if you crash the kite? What is the best kite for beginners? Where are the best locations to enjoy this fascinating hobby? The authors will introduce you to various types of kites and the methods to get you piloting your own sport of stunt kite in no time!
Shannon Tyree's new book entitled LOVE STORIES, The Inside Stories of an Outside Girl is receiving marvelous reviews! The book features thirty-one fun and animated stories about her outdoor adventures and sometimes mis-adventures! A memoir that is not to be missed. Everyone who reads it loves it and buys one for their best friend! It's that good!
Captain Tom Struve grew up on the banks of the Mississippi in Prescott, Wisconsin, one of many proud river professionals from that community. He has written and published three great books, PILOT HOUSE DAYS, ALL ABOUT TOWBOATS and DECKHAND DAYS detailing the everyday work aboard towboats on America's inland waterways. "What are the towboats like?" "How do you navigate those huge tows?" These and all the questions you may have are discussed in these two great books. Settle in for all kinds of fun facts and personal observations about rivers, the towboats, and life onboard. You are sure to enjoy these nautical journeys!
And hot off the presses! Tom, Shannon, and Riley roamed all of the San Diego area beaches the past couples years capturing photos and information about when and where your best canine pals can accompany you to the beach there. THE SAN DIEGO AREA DOG BEACH BOOK has it all!
AND, don't miss THE LEADING EDGE, A Beginners Guide to Sport Kites. This great new book is an awesome resource for anyone who is interested in flying sport kites as a hobby. Both of these books are sure to please. Order them today!
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 over three decades working for public agencies. Tom’s perpetual optimism, unlimited energy and his generous creativity continue to serve him well as a professional and 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.
Shannons BLOG located at MyGoldenHears.com is gaining fans every week. Her posts document Riley's rigorous "hearing-service-dog" journey to train her humans as they evolve towards hearing as a team!
It's a hoot! DON'T MISS IT!
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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/
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:
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 and Chawna!
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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:
SMOKEY ROW ANTIQUE SHOP
Shop and enjoy.
Located in the lovely and historic Upper Illinois River town of Lemont, Illinois.
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/
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:
AUTHORS June 2018 TALK entitled
LIFE OF A RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f8ERTODYnc&t=2593s
Dicks Towboat Gallery
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
VIDEO- Towboat southbound Savannah, TN - video showing tow "sliding" with empties
and Captain steering and "holding a point"
VIDEO- Browns point and Vicksburg bridge 40 loads -great video showing navigating going downstream and Captain steering and "holding a point"
VIDEO- Downbound Louisville -video showing navigating going downstream through bridges
VIDEO- Flanking Vicksburg Bridge in High Water - video showing navigating going downstream in flood conditions and Captain reverses engines to perform "flanking" maneuver
VIDEO- View from the Pilothouse
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
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