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What the hell are we doing?

Well, there is some beer drinking, some power tool noises,…

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@justlikeharmony piloting the through very rough seas

Going Into the Third Year of This Successful Project

Thanks to you, the second year expedition of the Secret…

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Fundraising for the Tennessee River

I’m excited to tell you that the Secret History project…

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Shantyboat Near Dubuque, Iowa [VIDEO]

Shanytboat video taken by the Open Research Buoy.

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Shanty Boat Blues [Audio]

Jimmy Murphy recorded Shanty Boat Blues sometimes in the late…

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A Magical Gathering of Artists

Minneapolis successfully attempts to woo us with its charms.

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Farting Around Muscatine and a Sudden Road Trip

We explore small town Iowa life and take a brief…

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The Final Fate of the Shantyboat Dotty and a Question

What became of us? What became of the Shantyboat Doty?…

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The Pearl Button Capital of the World

At the turn of the 20th Century, the Mississippi River…

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Mark Twain’s Favorite View of the River

In Muscatine, Iowa there is a point overlooking the river…

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A Land of Sweet Melons and Excellent Tacos

In Muscatine, I met many new friends, received generous gifts,…

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Adventures on the Other Side

In which we reveal a possible obsession with bridges to…

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Midwest Cultural Envy from a Californian

I arrive in the Quad Cities, towns with traces of…

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Seriously, What Have We Learned?

An excerpt from an academic journal in which I attempt…

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You Won’t Believe what they found when they opened my outboard engine

Though stuck in this small town made famous by the…

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Facing a New Day of Bad News

In which we discover that things don't look good, though…

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“How do you pay for this?”

If you have a little bit to spare, and thing…

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A Day of Danger, A Time of Troubles

An Aggressively Friendly Man. Big Big Waves. Serious Engine Trouble.…

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Heeeello? This is Iowa

We meet an angel. We are famous. A slew of…

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Mini Stories from Clinton, Iowa

Clinton Marina History My Grandmother owed and operated the Marina…

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A Teeny Tiny Journey Through History

It is only by the good grace of God, that…

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Twin Towns of Gritty Charm and Regret

A reality TV star, a gay couple, a 12-year old…

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Rumors of the Death of Drive-Ins Greatly Exagerated

While we were in Galena I got a wild hair.…

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Life with the Party People of Galena

We came to Galena for the day and stayed for…

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The Magic of the Lock 11 Fishing Barge

Ed told us we absolutely have to go up around…

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Hazel on the River

Since Hazel has a more devoted following than the project,…

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Setbacks, the Musical – A Nautical Tragicomedy

The scene opens with the newly recruited shipsmates standing in…

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Two Nuns, A Gambler, and an Heiress walk onto a boat… (updated)

We’ve been the talk of the town to some degree.…

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National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque

The shantyboat is in Dubuque at the National Mississippi River…

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The Real Reason We’re Here

Naturally, the adventure down the river, the playful interactions of…

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A Brief Visit to Harper’s Ferry and a Mysterious Man

We meet a mysterious man in a historic town, but…

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