Atlas Obscura: An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities

Wes Modes is documenting life along America’s waterways. Atlas ObscuraBy…

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Every morning while we are on the river, we put…

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A shantyboat trip down the Ohio [VIDEO]

A video created by Post-Gazette staff photographer Andrew Rush.

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River Voices (Unofficial Cut) – 2018 Trailer

A collaboration between artists Wes Modes and Lauren Kincaid-Filbey

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Visiting one of our local waterways, Elkhorn Slough

Visiting one of our local waterways. Elkhorn Slough is a…

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That Was Weird: Rediscovering The River [AUDIO]

Join Archives & Collections Catalyst, Marla Novo, and Abbott Square…

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Boating: Wes Modes, Artist/Doc­u­men­tar­ian/ Shanty Boater

Armed with a home­made shanty boat and a video cam­era,…

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In Reno, the shantyboat was blocked in so we had to grab a handy forklift to extricate it

In Reno, the shantyboat was blocked in so we had…

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Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood at Check’s Cafe

Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood sitting at Check’s Cafe during Karaoke Night.…

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First Friday Santa Cruz: Secret History Project Tells Untold Stories of the San Lorenzo River

For local artist Wes Modes, this process of finding and…

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HeraldWeekly: The Lost History of American River Communities, Revisited by an Artist in a Shantyboat

HeraldWeeklyby Mark Villanueva Wes Modes is documenting life along America’s…

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Portsmouth Daily-Times: American River People

Portsmouth Daily-Timesby Ivy Potter Several artists have made their way…

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Home finally! After a month and a half on the Ohio River and days on the road it feels amazing to be back home

Home finally! After a month and a half on the…

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Now our boat hangs out in Reno with the burning man kids until the burn

Now our boat hangs out in Reno with the burning…

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Nevada Highways

Nevada Highways #nevada #roadtrip #tunnels #gointothelight

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Crossing the Great Salt Flats in a storm

Crossing the salt flats this morning. #SaltFlats #RoadTrip #Utah

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Road trip!

Road trip! #hwy80 #roadtrip #nevada #desert

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An undiscovered wildflower wilderness on Hwy 80

Stopped to make dinner at a turnout less than a…

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Feeling cute, might drive later

Rockin PetShop Boys, Ah Ha! And The Bangles as we…

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I love being back in the American West. Something about the way the cool morning air touches your skin

I love being back in the American West. Something about…

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Camping in rural Missouri

Camping at a random turn out in rural Missouri. Hot…

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Mississippi River, baby

Mississippi River, baby. #roadtrip #mississippiriver #stlouis

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We’re trying a new thing called Preventative Maintenance

We’re trying a new thing called Preventative Maintenance. Word is…

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Packing up

Packing up. The total accumulation of a six month exhibition…

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Breaking down the show at the Louisville’s Portland Museum

Breaking down the show at the Louisville’s Portland Museum. #artshow…

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Visitors explore the shantyboat at the Portland Museum

Visitors explore the shantyboat at the Portland Museum (@portlandmuseumky), thanks…

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Reflecting on the journey here at the end of it

Reflecting on the journey here at the end of it.…

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Beautiful day on the Ohio River in Louisville as we make our way up river to take out

Beautiful day on the Ohio River in Louisville as we…

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It was humbling to watch the expert at work [VIDEO]

It was humbling to watch the expert at work. The…

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Aboard the Belle of Louisville as guests of the ship’s engineering crew [VIDEO]

Aboard the Belle of Louisville as guests of the ship’s…

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The beer fairy came to visit us! Thanks, Louisville

The beer fairy came to visit us! Thanks, Louisville. #BeerFairy…

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We love art! Thanks to Piper who made art for our gallery

We love art! Thanks to Piper who made art for…

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More Edward Hopper scenes from around Louisville

More Edward Hopper scenes from around Louisville. #edwardhopper #ohioriver #louisville

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On a beautiful sunny morning this week after a day and night of thundershowers, I interviewed Paul Hassfurder

On a beautiful sunny morning this week after a day…

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Things afoot in Louisville while you are drinking your morning coffee

Things afoot in Louisville down by the river while you…

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Little-known facts about Louisville, Kentucky

Little-known facts: Louisville, Kentucky has more bridges than Hamburg, Germany…

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See you in Louisville at an artist talk and closing reception

See you in Louisville. Join us for an artist talk…

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We call it a Mitch McConnell or a Redneck Russian

We call it a Mitch McConnell or a Redneck Russian,…

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After the river was cleaned up areas that would be unthinkable real estate investments became desirable

After the river was cleaned up in the 1970s, areas…

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Interviewing Paul Hassfurder at Payne Hollow surrounded by butterflies

Interviewing Paul Hassfurder at Payne Hollow surrounded by butterflies. #ohioriver…

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Flowers from the lower garden at Payne Hollow

Flowers from the lower garden at Payne Hollow #flowers #ohioriver…

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Great to spend a few days with Paul Hassfurder who is carrying on Anna and Harlan Hubbard’s legacy at Payne Hollow

Great to spend a few days with Paul Hassfurder who…

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The charming streets of Madison, Indiana

The charming streets of Madison Indiana on an overcast morning.…

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We met the American Queen again near Madison, Indiana

We met the American Queen again near Madison, Indiana. This…

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Welcoming committee in Carrollton, Ky

Yesterday as we passed Carrollton, Ky. a crowd who’d been…

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Harlan Hubbard’s Studio and Prints

If you read Shantyboat, you know that Harlan Hubbard build…

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Good homes will be furnished these helpless children

While we were in new Richmond, Ohio, I interviewed Beth…

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People ask us all the time, “What do you eat?”

People ask us all the time, “What do you eat?”…

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A sad goodbye

Today we dropped Age at Aurora, Indiana where he headed…

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The green rolling lawns of Warsaw, Kentucky and an unexpected encounter

The green rolling lawns of Warsaw, Kentucky. As we came…

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Skipper Benzy going hard in rough water

Skipper Benzy going hard in rough water #ohioriver #roughwater

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Rising Sun, Indiana

A few things: I used to live in Indiana 25…

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On the shantyboat Dotty, even the captain swabs the deck

On the shantyboat Dotty, even the captain swabs the deck.…

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Hmm. Unexpected engine trouble strands us in a backwater

Hmm. Unexpected engine trouble strands us in a backwater. After…

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Ordinary scenes from shantyboat living

Ordinary scenes from shantyboat living: a bath in the river,…

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Shantyboat on the Great Miami

Shantyboat on the Great Miami River under a train bridge.…

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Cincinnati’s Roebling Bridge

If you noticed that it looks similar to the Brooklyn…

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Mystery ship slowly working its way beneath the waves

Mystery ship slowly working its way beneath the waves of…

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Again way to go, Cinci, direct access to the river

Again way to go, Cinci, providing direct access for folks…

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Bar One on a very very short tired bar crawl, O’Malley’s in the Alley

Bar One on a very very short tired bar crawl,…

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Way to use the riverside, Cinci

Way to use the riverside, Cinci. I wonder what was…

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Cincinnati downtown

Cincinnati downtown. #ModelRailroad #NScale #TiltShift #OhioRiver #Cincinnati

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Cincinnati’s purple people eater bridge, a former street car, pedestrian, and wagon bridge

Cincinnati’s purple people eater bridge, a former street car, pedestrian,…

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What’s up Cincinnati? We are in you

What’s up Cincinnati? We are in you. #OhioRiver #Shantyboat #Hooters…

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The Little Miami and the treasure it yields

The Little Miami and the treasure it yields. We imagine…

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Age on watch as we carefully explore the Little Miami River

Age on watch as we carefully explore the Little Miami…

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Age messing about in the jonboat while we are anchored

Age fooling around in the jonboat while we are anchored…

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Like an Edward Hopper painting in real life

Like an Edward Hopper painting in real life. #lifemirrorsartmirrorslife #edwardhopper…

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The entire crew of the shantyboat Dotty for a few hours

The entire crew of the shantyboat Dotty for a few…

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Benzy having a dude seriously with Squirlsey

Benzy having a dude seriously with Squirlsey, who she hasn’t…

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Join us for an open house in New Richmond, Ohio at Skipper‘s River Café

Today, we will be hosting an open house in New…

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What happens when you buy exotic vegetables in rural Ohio?

What happens when you buy exotic vegetables in rural Ohio?…

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Shipmate Benzy arrives in Cincinnati

Shipmate Benzy arrives in Cincinnati to join us in New…

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The Seven Wonders of Portsmouth

Post by honorary shipmate Andrew Feight Shanty Dotty on the…

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It’s noon somewhere. Jeremiah and I hit the river

It’s noon somewhere. Jeremiah and I hit the river in…

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Reading time from Harlan Hubbard’s Payne Hollow

Reading time from Harlan Hubbard’s Payne Hollow dangling my feet…

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Ghost sign in Augusta, Ky. What is Polarine anyway?

Ghost sign in Augusta, Ky. What is Polarine anyway? Our…

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Shantyboat Dotty arrives in Augusta, Kentucky

Shantyboat Dotty arrives in Augusta, Kentucky. #shantyboat #kentucky #ohioriver #augusta

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Scenes from around Ripley, Ohio

Scenes from around Ripley, Ohio The Beebe Chapel CME Church…

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Shipmate Jeremiah offers a sharp salute as he steps ashore

Shipmate Jeremiah offers a sharp salute as he steps ashore…

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Storm coming in at Ripley Boat Club

Storm coming in at Ripley Boat Club #storm #ohioriver #thunderstorm

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The sprawling discussion with Andrew Feight, professor of history at Shawnee State

I had a chance to interview Andrew Feight, professor of…

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The charming and colorful George Hausser

I interviewed the charming and colorful George Hausser while we…

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Squirlsey riding out rough seas on the Ohio River

Squirlsey riding out rough seas on the Ohio River. #squirrel…

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Jeremiah at the helm and the Kentucky hills in the distance

Jeremiah at the helm and the Kentucky hills in the…

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A reminder of what happens if you’re not ready for the river to drop

A reminder of what happens if you’re not ready when…

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We are underway again, and the river landscape has changed dramatically

After nearly a week in Portsmith, we are underway again,…

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A Pub Crawl in Portsmouth

So we went to Kroger to do a little supply…

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Further scenes from Portsmouth Ohio

Further scenes from Portsmouth Ohio #OhioRiver #SmallTown #Portsmouth #Walkabout

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Apparently it rains in Southern Ohio [VIDEO]

Apparently it rains in Southern Ohio. 10 minutes later it…

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Looking at Portsmouth history through flood wall murals

Amazing flood wall murals in Portsmouth by renowned Louisiana artist…

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Tuesday Farmers Market in Portsmouth

Tuesday Farmers Market in Portsmouth #farmersmarket #ohioriver #portsmouth

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Gallipolis Daily Tribune: Shantyboaters seek river people secrets

Gallipolis Daily Tribuneby Dean Wright GALLIPOLIS — A trio of…

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Age caught a large Blue Catfish which we turned into dinner

Age caught a large Blue Catfish which we turned into…

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Shantyboat supermarket run in stolen golf cart [VIDEO]

Shantyboat supermarket run in stolen golf cart. #OhioRiver #Portsmouth #AwesomeMarina…

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People ask us all the time

People ask all the time #Pooping #BucketShitter #CompostingToilet #Shantyboat #ArtGallery

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Scenes from a Sunday morning walk around Portsmouth

Scenes from a Sunday morning walk around Portsmouth 🌈 #SundayMorning…

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In 1944, artist Harlan Hubbard built a shantyboat on the banks of the Ohio River near Cincinnati

In 1944, artist Harlan Hubbard built a shantyboat on the…

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When the captain’s away, the mice will play [VIDEO]

Here is what happens on the shantyboat when the captain is…

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Dari Creme in Portsmouth OH

Dari Creme in Portsmouth OH #dq #icecream #shakes #softserve #ohio

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The Portsmouth Marina and the Kentucky hills. Where’s Dotty?

The Portsmouth Marina and the Kentucky hills. Where’s Dotty? #shantyboat…

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The Case. [VIDEO]

The Case. #shantyboat #mystery #foundobjects #bodyparts

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