We’re Headed to the Ohio River

We are happy to announce that in summer 2019 the…

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River Voices (Unofficial Cut) – 2018 Trailer

A collaboration between artists Wes Modes and Lauren Kincaid-Filbey, as…

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We Need Your Help

This year, the project is exploring the rich and important American…

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Sea King

This is the new SEA KING outboard motor we bought…

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An Exhibition at Louisville’s Portland Museum

In early February, we staged an exhibition at Portland Museum…

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Insider Louisville: Exhibit on America’s river heritage finds berth at Portland Museum

Ahead of a shantyboat trip down the Ohio River this…

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Interview with shipmate Benzy [VIDEO]

SL Benz has been a shipmate on the Secret History…

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The “Mad” Ohio: the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937

The greatest natural disaster in Tri-State history happened in January-February…

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Flatboatmen of the Frontier 1941 Ohio River Valley Documentary [VIDEO]

Enjoy this charming (and educational) 1941 documentary covers the process…

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Ohio River: Young Man River 1965 US Army Corps of Engineers [VIDEO]

An amazing mid-century educational film by the US Army Corps…

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River Tramps: The Strange Floating Population Found on the Ohio

Where shantyboat history has been hard to come by on…

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Searching for Living Native History in the Ohio River Valley

I've been going crazy all evening looking for native people…

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Remembering Tom Holman creator of Bomfire Pizza in Sabula, Iowa

There simply is not enough that can be said about…

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Honoring Tim Mason and the Floating Shantyboat Library

I just found out that the world has become poorer…

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Small Boats: River People – Shantyboat on the Sacramento River

Wes Modes spent two years building a shantyboat using salvaged…

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A push to remove the homeless from the American River [VIDEO]

To follow up on our visit to the American River…

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Benzy and Hazel in Waterford NY

Benzy and Hazel in Waterford NY #shantyboat

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Old photo of the shantyboat on the Tennessee River

Old photo of the shantyboat on the Tennessee River

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Jeremiah and the ordered chaos of the shantyboat mid-journey

Jeremiah and the ordered chaos of the shantyboat mid-journey. Photo…

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I made it home safe and sound to the hills above Santa Cruz

I made it home safe and sound to the hills…

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Hagan, who is 5, was very taken with the shantyboat

Hagan, who is 5, was very taken with the shantyboat…

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In general, I love alleys, moreso in desert towns

In general, I love alleys, moreso in desert towns

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Truck stop near Holbrook Arizona

Truck stop near Holbrook Arizona #Shantyboat #RoadTrip #Arizona

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Driving a boat through Texas

Driving a boat through Texas

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There is something so beautiful and surreal about truck stops

There is something so beautiful and surreal about truck stops,…

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The friendly people in the diner insisted I sign the wall

The friendly people in the diner insisted I sign the…

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Uh oh. I haven’t had to worry about these tires ever since the good folks Predator Trailer in Omaha replace the trailer suspension, axles, wheels, and tires

Uh oh. I haven’t had to worry about these tires…

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All the way across the country I am passing up Waffle House

All the way across the country I am passing up…

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The Back Rhodes Diner (aka Faye’s Diner), where all the old dudes hang out for their morning coffee and breakfast

The Back Rhodes Diner (aka Faye’s Diner), where all the…

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People often ask us where we stay while we’re on the road. Answer: wherever we damn we’ll please. Truck stops, parking lots, flat areas alongside the road, wherever

People often ask us where we stay while we’re on…

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Going through the Appalachian Mountains in Delaware it is rainy AF

Going through the Appalachian Mountains in Delaware it is rainy…

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