"Dear Captain Tom,
Just finished your book, a Christmas present from a friend purchased at the book store in Red Wing. Learned many new things about the tows that I watch each day from my home on the river near Lock and Dam #4 at Alma. Looking forward to your next book.
L.S. Alma, WI
"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
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
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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!
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:
BECKY SUMMERFIELD Education Programs Manager
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
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
Editor I highly recommend
LINK to YouTube Video of LULU Formatting Template
LINK to KDP PPT tutorial on YouTube
LINK to YouTube video called PUBLISHING ON CREATESPACE
Each time she says CreateSpace, same for Kindle Direct Publishing
LINK to Tom's Talk about Towboats
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.
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!
for book number two by Captain Struve entitled
WATCH THE BUMP! Stories from my Years Working on the River
due out soon!
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
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.
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.
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