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Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1994: Passenger Steamboats of the Mississippi River System Since the Advent of Photography in Mid-Continent America [Rev. Pbk. Ed], compiled by Frederick Way, Jr.; [With A New foreword by J.W. Rutter].

1 Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1994: Passenger Steamboats of the Mississippi River System Since the Advent of Photography in Mid-Continent America [Rev. Pbk. Ed]
compiled by Frederick Way, Jr.; [With A New foreword by J.W. Rutter].
625 pages, Rev. ed. of: Way's packet directory, 1848-1983. . Includes index; illus., paperback, Ohio University Press

Price: 39.95 USD



2 Grand Excursions On the Upper Mississippi River: Places, Landscapes, and Regional Identity After 1854
edited by Curtis C. Roseman and Elizabeth Mercer Roseman.
268 pages, 29 photos, 12 drawings, 7 maps & charts, paperback, University of Iowa Press
In June 1854 the Grand Excursion celebrated in festive style the completion of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad to the Mississippi River. Hundreds of dignitaries including newspaper editors and other journalists; politicians; academics, writers and artists; business and industry leaders; and railroad officials were among those who traveled by rail from Chicago to Rock Island, Illinois, then by steamboat to St. Paul in Minnesota Territory. The travelers were shown a region undergoing rapid settlement by Europeans-an area of great natural beauty offering many promises for additional development.
One hundred and fifty years later, the thirteen essays in this volume examine the activities and environments of the 1854 Grand Excursion and place them in the context of an evolving regional identity for the Upper Mississippi River Valley based on the economy, culture, geography, and history of the area. In a series of "excursions," the contributors explore the building of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, eastern newspaper accounts of the 1854 excursion, steamboating, the area's pictorial landscape, passenger trains along the scenic river, the genesis and features of river towns, the control of the river for navigation, the development of preserves, parks, and recreation areas, the lumber industry, and commercial fishing. The book concludes by examining the resurgence of river-oriented development, as river towns are once again embracing the Mississippi.
Generously illustrated with maps, engravings, ephemera, and historic and present-day photographs, Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River will be of interest to tourists and residents of the area, river aficionados, railroad and steamboat history buffs, as well as academics interested in the history, geography, and regional development of the area.

About Author
Curtis Roseman is a professor of geography at the University of Southern California. He is a co-editor of EthniCity: Geographical Perspectives on Ethnic Change in Modern Urban Areas. Elizabeth Roseman is an independent scholar currently researching the history of Route 6, the longest U. S. transcontinental highway.

“The Grand Excursion of 1854 celebrated the opportunities created when the railroad reached the banks of the Upper Mississippi River. Curtis and Elizabeth Roseman remind us of this significant connection and how it has influenced, and continues to influence, the development of this special region.”—Walter F. Mondale

“Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River is the souvenir book that passengers on the original excursion never got. It’s also an examination—from many angles—of the mythology and methodology we created to welcome ourselves into the unknown spaces west of the big river.”—Reggie McLeod, editor and publisher of Big River Magazine
Price: 19.95 USD



3 Oars, Sails, and Steam: A Picture Book of Ships
Edwin Tunis
80 pages, 87 line drawings, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
The evolution of shipbuilding reflects the growth of civilization, and in Oars, Sails and Steam, Edwin Tunis has produced a beautifully illustrated and skillfully written history of water transport from the dugout to the aircraft carrier. He presents the most interesting and important types of boats and ships in chronological order, revealing each advance that made navigation easier, faster, and more efficient. Every page in this delightful book becomes a new adventure in the story of humanity's progress on traveling across the seas. The Egyptian sailboats that plied the waters of the Nile in 4700 b.c. give way to Phoenician warboats, Greek war galleys and Roman triremes, which in turn are surpassed by Norse long ships, Mediterranean carracks, Elizabethan galleons, and British East Indiaman. The Steam Age is represented by John Fitch's 1787 Delaware River steamboat; the 1807 Clermont, which made five miles per hour against the current of the Hudson; and the Curaçao, which in 1827 became the first ship to cross the Atlantic almost entirely under steam power. Graceful clipper ships, profitable whaling barks, reliable tramp steamers, opulent steam liners, and deadly warships, from destroyers to submarines, round out Tunis's illustrated history.
In addition to his fine drawings of the vessels, Tunis includes a glossary of seagoing terms and detailed diagrams that take readers below decks, up in the rigging, and alongside the gunners of the U.S.S. Raleigh. Remarkable for its clarity and accuracy, Oars, Sails and Steam, first published in 1952, is a treasury for all those who are sailors at heart.

About Author
Edwin Tunis (1897–1973) was born in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and spent much of his life in Maryland. A well-known artist, illustrator, and muralist, his work appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Society of American Etchers, the National Academy of Design, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His other books include Colonial Craftsmen; Colonial Living; Weapons; The Tavern at the Ferry; and Wheels, all available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.
Price: 25.00 USD

Floating on the Missouri, James Willard Schultz

4 Floating on the Missouri
James Willard Schultz
160 pages, 8 x 5 1/2, 2 maps, index, paperback, University of Oklahoma Press

"Schultz’s words quicken our understanding of life on the Northern Plains in the late 19th century while offering colorful accounts of camping and floating on a section of the Missouri."--Library Journal

"Floating on the Missouri is a fine book. It reflects the history, legends, and we might say the personality of a segment of a great river--the Missouri. Fortunately a large part of Apikuni’s experience can still be enjoyed today. Montanans and thoughtful people everywhere should be ever mindful of the need to preserve this part of the Missouri--its awesome beauty, its history and its special quality, conveyed so beautifully by Apikuni-Schultz."--Montana: The Magazine of Western History

"Schultz’s well-written stories should provide enjoyment for anyone interested in the geography, history, natural life and Indians of the area covered by his trip."--Journal of the West
Price: 19.95 USD

Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History, Louis C. Hunter

5 Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History
Louis C. Hunter
704 pages, 5 1/4 x 8, paperback, Dover Publications
Richly detailed, definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat's development: its construction, equipment and operation; the organization and conduct of steamboat transportation as a business enterprise; the hazards and amenities of shipboard life; steamboat races on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; collisions, explosions and fires; the rise of competition, the ultimate decline of steamboat transportation, and much more. Includes many contemporary accounts of steamboat travel.
Price: 24.95 USD

Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain

6 Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain
304 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, paperback, Dover Publications
The popular 19th-century humorist offers lively recollections ranging from his salad days as a novice steamboat pilot on one of the world's greatest rivers to views from the passenger deck in the twilight of the river culture's heyday. Engrossing and entertaining anecdotes by a peerless storyteller from a now-finished chapter of American history.
Price: 2.50 USD

Stanton's American Steam Vessels: The Classic Illustrations, Samuel Ward Stanton

7 Stanton's American Steam Vessels: The Classic Illustrations
Samuel Ward Stanton
256 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 1/4, paperback, Dover Publications
Originally published in 1895, this comprehensive volume includes accurate illustrations and descriptions of all types of American steam vessels--from Robert Fulton's Clermont, the world's first successful steamboat, to the transatlantic passenger steamship St. Louis, built in 1895. Expertly rendered by Samuel Ward Stanton--based on early prints, lithographs, drawings and plans, sketches, and other reliable sources--the drawings depict over 250 ships, including steamships of the coast, steamboats on the western rivers and on rivers emptying into the oceans, and the steamers of the Great Lakes. All are distinctive, differing greatly in appearance and construction according to locality. Among them are the Alabama, Baltimore, Belle Memphis, Bremen, City of Chicago, Daniel Webster, Iron Queen, Jamestown, Kearsarge, Louisiana, Maine, Milwaukee, Monitor, Philadelphia, Robert E. Lee, Savannah, Silver Star, Soo City, Thomas Jefferson, and the Virginia. A full-length view of each vessel is accompanied by a smaller illustration of the same ship as well as text describing length of the hull, type of engine and boiler, and size of paddle wheels or propellers. An exciting tribute to the first 100 years of American steam vessels, this excellent reference book will appeal to maritime historians and seafaring enthusiasts alike. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Blanchard Press, New York, 1895. Introduction. 488 black-and-white illustrations.
Price: 24.95 USD

The Mississippi, Theodor Geus

8 The Mississippi
Theodor Geus
184 pages, cloth, University Press of Kentucky
Originally $60.

"Will delight the history buff, riverboat enthusiast, naturalist and dedicated river watcher."—Chattanooga Times
Price: 24.00 USD

Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi, William J. Petersen

9 Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi
William J. Petersen
640 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, paperback, Dover Publications
Massive, richly documented history of Mississippi steamboating from voyage of the Virginia in 1823 to about 1870. Experiments of Robert Fulton, steamboats as cargo carriers, steamboats in Indian affairs, during the Civil War, much more. Over 130 illustrations, including numerous rare 19th-century photographs and engravings, maps and other documentation. Introduction. Notes and References.
Price: 15.95 USD


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