Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River

Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River : Places, Landscapes, and Regional Identity After 1854

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n 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 and 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 EuropeansOCoan area of great natural beauty offering many promises for additional development."show more

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  • Electronic book text | 271 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1587294850
  • 9781587294853

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""Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River is the souvenir book that passengers on the original excursion never got. It's also an examination--from many angles--of the mythology and methodology we created to welcome ourselves into the unknown spaces west of the big river."show more