Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River: Places, Landscapes, and Regional Identity after 1854 (Bur Oak Book)

By: Roseman, Curtis C.

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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, 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 that offered much promise 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 appreciated by tourists and residents of the area, river aficionados, andrailroad and steamboat history buffs as well as academics interested in the history, geography, and regional development of the area.

Title: Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River: Places, Landscapes, and Regional Identity after 1854 (Bur Oak Book)

Author Name: Roseman, Curtis C.

Categories: Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies),

Publisher: University Of Iowa Press:

ISBN Number: 0877458855

ISBN Number 13: 9780877458852


Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0877458855Z2

Description: 0877458855 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE