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Shantyboat Dotty in Felton Remembers Parade [VIDEO]

Shantyboat Dotty and crew in Felton Remember Parade

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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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Honoring Tim Mason and the Floating Shantyboat Library

I just found out that the world has become poorer…

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Norwegian Shantytown located in Red Hook, Brooklyn

This is the Norwegian Shantytown located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.…

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The Goodman’s visit the shantyboat

The Goodman's visit the shantyboat

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The Fraser Bros were the local butchers, and they would deliver meat to the various ranches

A delta shop boat. "The Fraser Bros were the local…

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Tell Us About Shantyboat Communities

Everywhere we go, we keep hearing that once upon a…

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The continuing Surprising Things The Mouse Ate series

The continuing Surprising Things The Mouse Ate series

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Yeah, I guess our mouse visitor really wanted olive oil to go with their other snacks

Yeah, I guess our mouse visitor really wanted olive oil…

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Won’t be sorry at all to see our leaky unreliable hand pump faucet go

Won't be sorry at all to see our leaky unreliable…

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@gooddoghazel watches the Secret History media cabinet

@gooddoghazel watches the Secret History media cabinet

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At the shantyboat this morning making lists

At the shantyboat this morning making lists

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Miah marveling at the amazing generous gifts flooding in

Miah in total amazement at the amazing generous gifts flooding…

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People ask all the time about how the shantyboat was built

Now, all of the shantyboat build process is available on…

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“Secret History shantyboat at sunset”

"Secret History shantyboat at sunset

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“Secret History shantyboat under stormy skies”

"Secret History shantyboat under stormy skies

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“A day off on the Secret History shantyboat”

"A day off on the Secret History shantyboat

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Freddie’s Dead

You may remember that our 1978 20 hp Mercury outboard…

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Care package from home!

Care package from back home! Thanks, Benzy @communistlesbiandiscoparty

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Old things in the Alabama countryside

Old things in the Alabama countryside

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The Boxcar Cafe in Sheffield. Lots of old history here

The Boxcar Cafe in Sheffield. Lots of old history here

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Welcomed by a whole brood of curious kids in Florence

Welcomed by a whole brood of curious kids in Florence

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Arrived in Florence Alabama

Arrived in Florence Alabama

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Tennessee River trash pouring out of the mouth of Sweetwater Creek

Tennessee River covered in trash ironically pouring out of the…

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The most curious lock crew we’ve ever encountered at Wilson Lock

The most curious lock crew we've ever encountered at Wilson…

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Tiny tiny shantyboat 93 feet down at the bottom of Wilson Lock and Dam

Tiny tiny shantyboat 93 feet down at the bottom of…

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Wheeler Dam auxiliary lock

Wheeler Dam auxiliary lock

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Lockmaster at Wheeler Dam checking out project postcard

Lockmaster at Wheeler Dam checking out project postcard

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Shantyboat Dotty at sunrise

Shantyboat Dotty at sunrise

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Cara introduced me to the concept of Meat and Two

Cara introduced me to the concept of Meat and 2.…

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When we boated up a creek to this little town, you’ll never believe what happened.

We boated up a creek as close to a nearby…

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Crossing the expanse of Tennessee River lakes often feels endless

Crossing the expanse of Tennessee River lakes often feels endless

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Waiting for the crowds to subside, cocktail hour and dominos with Jeremiah

Waiting for the crowds to subside, cocktail hour and dominos…

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In the far away land of Alabama there are electrical outlets in public places

In the far away land of Alabama there are electrical…

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Shantyboat at Brickyard Landing Marina

Shantyboat at Brickyard Landing Marina

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We thought we might fit under the train bridge at Decatur AL [VIDEO]

Train bridge Decatur AL. We thought at first we might…

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Passing the time with the song game on the way to Decatur

Passing the time with the song game on the way…

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Do you know people in Decatur AL we should talk to?

Do you know people in Decatur AL we should talk…

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Cocktail hour! Next on the Shantyboat Guys! [VIDEO]

Cocktail hour! Next on the Shantyboat Guys with @dudicusmaximus

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Thanks to Ditto Landing for hosting us in Huntsville

Thanks to Ditto Landing for hosting us in Huntsville, especially…

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@dudicusmaximus finally noticed the shantyboat head dedication. Three years with the project

@dudicusmaximus finally noticed the shantyboat head dedication. Three years with…

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Apparently we were in USA Today (Thanks Joan Raspo)

Apparently we were in USA Today (Thanks Joan Raspo)

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Here’s @gooddoghazel perched on the side of a cliff at Painted Bluff

Here's @gooddoghazel perched on the side of a cliff at…

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Chef Forest Wilson and daughter Yasmin who run a vegan & veggie food truck at Lowe Mill in Huntsville

Chef Forest Wilson and daughter Yasmin who run a vegan…

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World War 2 ammunition bunkers and 50s Cold War fallout shelters on Redstone Arsenal

World War 2 ammunition bunkers and 50s Cold War fallout…

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Secret History interviewers interviewed

Secret History interviewers interviewed

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@gooddoghazel is NASAs new spokesmodel. With Saturn V rocket

@gooddoghazel is NASAs new spokesmodel. With Saturn V rocket

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Beautiful Indian Creek in Triana Alabama heavily polluted with DDT from the Redstone Arsenal

Beautiful Indian Creek in Triana Alabama heavily polluted with DDT…

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Nathaniel Chisolm of E&N Good Home Cooking in Triana. His wife Emma is the E in E&N

Nathaniel Chisolm of E&N Good Home Cooking in Triana. His…

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In Huntsville? Stop by the Secret History Open House on the shantyboat at Ditto Landing. See the boat, tell us your story, play the banjo. We’ll be here until 7pm

In Huntsville? Stop by the Secret History Open House on…

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Hazel dog hero shot. @gooddoghazel

Hazel dog hero shot. @gooddoghazel

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Most epically scenic interview ever with archeologist Ben Hoksbergen perched on the side of Painted Bluff

Most epically scenic interview ever with archeologist Ben Hoksbergen perched…

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@gooddoghazel near Hobbs Island on Ben Hoksbergen’s boat on our archaeology tour

@gooddoghazel near Hobbs Island on Ben Hoksbergen's boat on our…

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Visitor Nate playing banjo during the shantyboat open house

Visitor Nate playing banjo during the shantyboat open house

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Join us for a Shantyboat Open House! Tue & Wed 3-7pm Ditto Landing Huntsville

Join us for a Shantyboat Open House! Tue & Wed…

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Shantyboat band photo

Shantyboat band photo

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Jeremiah arrives to relieve Ships Mate Cara

Jeremiah arrives to relieve Ships Mate Cara

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5th Ave School, first integrated public school in Alabama in 1963. Now honored with a brand new medical tower

5th Ave School, first integrated public school in Alabama in…

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Site of the Huntsville slave cemetery now honored with medical offices. Last used in 1870. Euphemistically known as “Georgia” in the Black community

Site of the Huntsville slave cemetery now honored with medical…

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Have a beater car we can borrow for a few days in Huntsville? Downtown is literally 10’miles from the river

Have a beater car we can borrow for a few…

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Shantyboat arrives in Huntsville Alabama

Shantyboat arrives in Huntsville Alabama

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Cara pilots on a hazy afternoon through high bluffs

Cara pilots on a hazy afternoon through high bluffs

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Guntersville lock behind us after a 35 foot drop

Guntersville lock behind us after a 35 foot drop

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@gooddoghazel outstanding in her field

@gooddoghazel outstanding in her field

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Secret History is front page in the Guntersville Gleam

Secret History is front page in the Guntersville Gleam

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Doris Turner talked to us about her daddy who was a captain on the Guntersville and Huntsville steamboats hauling railroad cars 22 miles to Hobbs Island

Dorris Turner talked to us about her daddy who was…

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Pete Sparks and Larry Smith, both Guntersville historians, told us about the TVA impounding of Lake Guntersvilke, the Civil War and the Cherokee removals

Pete Sparks and Larry Smith, both Guntersville historians, told us…

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Cara with Dorris Turner, 75, whose father was a steamboat captain in Guntersville

Cara with Dorris Turner, 75, whose father was a steamboat…

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The case of the “stolen” johnboat solved. Four agency APB. Fastest response ever. Found drifting and brought to hotel dock by a boat repair fella

The case of the "stolen" johnboat solved. Four agency APB.…

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Empty shore where the johnboat was tied up while I went to the hardware store. Stolen?

Empty shore where the johnboat was tied up while I…

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Secret History in the Huntsville Times

Secret History in the Huntsville Times

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Since we are such terrible fishermen, the only fish we’ve been able to catch have been the dead fish stinking up the harbor

Since we are such terrible fishermen, the only fish we've…

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To visualize this properly, imagine sheet lightening rippling along the bottom of this threatening cloud we need to boat home in

To visualize this properly, imagine sheet lightening rippling along the…

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Moments before lightening in the distance cleared the pools

Moments before lightening in the distance cleared the pools

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Early evening johnboat adventure with Cara and @gooddoghazel for public pool, liquor and ice

Early evening johnboat adventure with Cara and @gooddoghazel for public…

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The muppet Hoggle from the movie Labyrinth discovered rotting in unclaimed luggage and restored

The muppet Hoggle from the movie Labyrinth discovered rotting in…

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Old AA buddies of Squirlsy’s modeling in Guntersville Alabama

Old AA buddies of Squirlsy's modeling in Guntersville Alabama

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Who knew there was craft beer in small town Northern Alabama? Main Channel brewing in Guntersville

Who knew there was craft beer in small town Northern…

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Police bearing gifts

Police bearing gifts

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Within hours of arriving in Guntersville Alabama the cops arrived… to welcome us to town, ask questions about the shantyboat and the project, to tell us stories, bring the local newspaper, tell us where to eat, and offer us information, contacts, and rides. Police Chief Jim Peterson, Alabama Trooper Lt Terry Ware, Gleam reporter Joe Cagle

Within hours of arriving in Guntersville Alabama the cops arrived...…

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Ghost children in antique store in Gintersville Alabama

Ghost children in antique store in Gintersville Alabama

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After numerous hours on the boat Hazel is glad to ge back to dry land in Guntersville Alabama

After numerous hours on the boat Hazel is glad to…

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Hot morning foot adventure

Hot morning foot adventure

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It’s official. We’re in the South

It's official. We're in the South

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Lily pad field on the Tennessee River

Lily pad field on the Tennessee River

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The sun is a blazing fireball 90 degrees F At 10 in the morning

The sun is a blazing fireball 90 degrees F At…

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Shantyboat in South Pittsburgh under a full moon

Shantyboat in South Pittsburgh under a full moon

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Coozies. You’re from California. You wouldn’t understand.

Coozies. You're from California. You wouldn't understand. @communistlesbiandiscoparty @slbenz

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Good morning, shantyboat

Good morning, shantyboat

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Shantyboat on Brown’s Lake [PANORAMA]

Anchored for the night on Brown's Lake near Walker's Landing…

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Beth and Robert took on a walk along Brown’s Lake near Walker Landing

Beth and Robert took on a walk along Brown's Lake…

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Beth and Robert took on a walk along Brown’s Lake near Walker Landing

Beth and Robert took on a walk along Brown's Lake…

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Crazy rainstorm forces us off the river [PANORAMA]

Crazy rainstorm forces us off the river into a sheltered…

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My local service guys left out a seal and fried the gears.

The new motor we got from Jim Wade was not…

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Just your usual sunny day fishing rainstorm experience [VIDEO]

Just your usual sunny day fishing rainstorm experience

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Cara tenderly cradling Mr Johnson II

Cara tenderly cradling Mr Johnson II

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James Wade, self-described Tennessee hillbilly and amazingly friendly man, sold us Mr Johnson II, our new old outboard

James Wade, self-described Tennessee hillbilly and amazingly friendly man, sold…

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Glamorous Boating Task Number 512: sorting the moldy dogfood from the good

Glamorous Boating Task Number 512: sorting the moldy dogfood from…

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Collard greens and jawbone bacon for breakfast. Next up buttery grits and hush puppies

Collard greens and jawbone bacon for breakfast. Next up buttery…

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Addi Belle tug docked in Chattanooga

Addi Belle tug docked in Chattanooga

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