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 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 three great books.
Tom, Shannon, and Riley roamed all of the San Diego area beaches the past couple of 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.
EXPLORE STORE @ SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA Click Here
Overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown St Paul, MN. at 120 W Kellogg Blvd. Home of the MV Charles E Towboat (real towboat on display) & the Mississippi River Visitor Center
GREAT RIVER ROAD VISITOR AND LEARNING CENTER Click Here
Don't miss this jewel welcoming 15,000 visitors annually overlooking the confluence of the beautiful St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers - 200 Monroe Street, in Prescott, WI.
FAIR TRADE BOOKS Click here to visit their website
A wonderful, welcoming "Indy" bookstore in historic downtown Red Wing, Minnesota.
RED WING MARINE MUSEUM Click here
Located right on the riverfront on the Mississippi in Red Wing, MN.
CHAPTER 2 BOOKS Click here
Located in downtown Winona, Minnesota at 121 West 3rd Street.
WINONA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Click here
Located in historic Downtown Winona, MN.
LAURA INGALLS WILDER MUSEUM Click here
Awesome museum on the Great River Road located at 306 3rd St, Pepin, WI.
NATIONAL EAGLE CENTER Click here
Located directly on the bank of the Mississippi River historic downtown Wabasha, MN.
WINGS OVER ALMA Click here
Right up the hill from the Mississippi River (Lock and Dam #4) in historic Alma, WI.
EXPLORE LA CROSSE COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU Click here
Lots of great regional information located in their beautiful riverfront park, La Crosse WI.
VALLEY FISH AND CHEESE Click here
Lots of unique gifts and fresh cheese and smoked fish! 304 S Prairie St, Prairie du Chien, WI.
FORT CRAWFORD MUSEUM Click here
A fur trading village becomes a Midwest river town. 717 S Beaumont Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI.
NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM Click here
Connected with the Mississippi River Park and Trail in historic downtown Dubuque, IA.
RIVER LIGHTS BOOKSTORE Click here
In the heart of Dubuque's historic downtown at 1098 Main Street, Dubuque, IA.
CELEBRATION RIVER CRUISES Click here
Daily river cruises aboard the Celebration Belle at 2501 River Drive, Moline, IL.
BUFFALO BILLS and MISSISSIPPI HERITAGE MUSEUM Click here
See the Steam Towboat Lonestar located on the Great River Road- 199 N Front St, Le Claire, IA.
MUSCATINE HISTORY & INDUSTRY CENTER Click here
Learn how Muscatine, Iowa became pearl button capital of the world. 117 West 2nd Street
BURLINGTON BY THE BOOK Click here
A great bookstore in downtown historic Burlington at 301 Jefferson, Burlington, IA.
NORTH LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Click here
Discover the remarkable history of Fort Madison. 814 10th Street, Fort Madison, IA
GEORGE M VERITY STEAMBOAT MUSEUM Click here
On the Mississippi River just downstream from Lock 19 observation area -Keokuk, IA.
HANNIBAL HISTORY MUSEUM Click here
Exhibits, tours, and a fabulous gift store! 200 North Main Street, Hannibal, MO.
JAVA JIVE -DELI & BAKERY Click here
A wonderful stop in the heart of the Hannibal, MO. shopping district.
GRAFTON HARBOR MARINA - WINE & OYSTER BAR Click here
Where the Illinois River meets the Upper Mississippi -215 West Water Street, Grafton, Il.
MISSISSIPPI MUD POTTERY Click here
Overlooking the "Mighty Miss" in historic downtown shopping area- 310 E Broadway, Alton, IL.
ALTON REGIONAL VISITORS BUREAU Click here
Lots and lots of GREAT FREE regional information available -downtown Alton, IL.
NATIONAL GREAT RIVERS MUSEUM Click here
See tows up close. Marvelous displays and exhibits at one of America's busiest inland locks.
Melvin Price Locks and Dam, #1 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton, Il.
SHOW-ME SHOP Click here
Gourmet Foods, Missouri Wines, Great Gifts 10 South Main, Ste Genevieve, MO.
PASTIME ANTIQUES Click here
50 Dealers- over 10,000 square feet of treasures- 45 N Main, downtown Cape Girardeau, MO.
BRICK STREET GALLERY ANTIQUES Click here
Collectables, Antiques. Something for everyone! 19 N, Spanish St. Cape Girardeau, MO.
A. SCHWAB MERCANTILE Click here to visit their website
Incredible gifts - awesome museum -"home of the blues" -163 Beale Street Memphis, TN.
GREENVILLE HISTORY MUSEUM Click here
Greenville from 1800's to 1970 - amazing! 409 Washington Ave., Greenville, MS.
THE OLD DEPOT MUSEUM Click here
Two stories of local history on the Mississippi levee at 1010 Levee Street, Vicksburg, MS.
LORELEI BOOKS Click here
Luring booklovers to lore- a great "indy" bookstore. 103 Washington St., Vicksburg, MS.
FRANKLIN STREET RELICS Click here
Incredible selection of antiques- "step into the past..." 512 Franklin Street, Natchez, MS.
SILVER STREET GALLERY AND GIFTS Click here
Located in the Historic Natchez Under The Hill District 27A Silver St., Natchez, MS.
DESTREHAN PLANTATION Click here
The oldest documented antebellum plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley and the closest to New Orleans. Phenomenal tour! 13034 River Rd., Destrehan, LA.
AUDUBON AQUARIUM OF AMERICAS Click here
New Orleans Waterfront, adjacent to French Quarter, top ranked. 1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA.
A SIMPLER TIME Click here
Gifts & nostalgic décor in the heart of the French Quarter 518 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA.
CLARK'S RUN ANTIQUES Click here
A marvelous DO NOT MISS stop along the Illinois River in this gorgeous historic town
215 N Division St, North Utica, IL.
LOCK 16 CAFE and CENTER Click here
Shop and eat in a quaint, vintage setting with a focus on Illinois history and American heritage.
754 First Street, La Salle, IL.
PRAIRIE FOX BOOKS Click here
A great independent bookstore in historic downtown. 722 La Salle St, Ottawa, IL.
ILLINOIS WATERWAY VISITOR CENTER Click here
Located on the guide-wall at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the river in Ottawa IL.
Watch towboats lock through. Actual towboat pilothouse in the museum. 950 N 27th Road.
SMOKEY ROW ANTIQUE SHOP Click here
Marvelous! In historic Upper Illinois River town of Lemont, Illinois. 112 Stephen Street.
FRAZIER KENTUCKY HISTORY MUSEUM Click here
located in Historic Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. On the Ohio River
immediately across the street from the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum and Factory.
HOWARD STEAMBOAT MUSEUM Click here
The amazing historic residence of Captain E. J. Howard. The spectacular 22 room mansion is a repository for river and steamboat history. 1101 East Market Street, Jeffersonville, IN.
RIVER DISCOVERY CENTER Click here
A fun, welcoming educational environment showcasing how our rivers impact our daily lives. At the levee adjacent to Ohio and Tennessee Rivers -117 So Water St., Paducah, KY
MARKET STREET MERCANTILE Click here
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
AND a second store at the phenomenal Marathon Museum Village-don't miss these stores!
PEBBLE CREEK CREATIVE ARTS CENTER GIFT SHOP Click here
Excellent selection of art, gifts and books offered by wonderful residents of Pebble Creek.
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!
Offering a full menu of marketing and administrative support services, please be sure and contact us. We would love to hear from you!
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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Editor I highly recommend
LINK to YouTube Video of LULU Formatting Template
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LINK to YouTube video called PUBLISHING ON CREATESPACE
Each time she says CreateSpace, same for Kindle Direct Publishing
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