There were several accidents, both large and small, that took place. Ships ran aground and caught fire, and more than one person drowned. Several towns up and down the Mississippi have tragic stories, and Davenport, Iowa has more than its fair share. Sometimes, those events produce other, stranger tales.
Davenport, Iowa has a lot of iconic landmarks, both historic and otherwise. There are many in the downtown area, where the city has, for several years, been making a tremendous effort in beautifying the area. Largely, they have been successful. The area is now home to several upscale restaurants, businesses, art venues, and museums. … Continue reading Hell at Sea: Iowa’s Connection to One of the Worst Maritime Disasters Before Titanic
Writing is my passion. I enjoy sharing the stories that I collect along my way with whoever cares to listen, and more than a few that don’t sometimes! However, like many people out there, I work a day job. Like musicians and writers before, I haven’t yet broken into that mystical land where … Continue reading Cautionary Tales of the Midwest’s Roadways
The town of Malone was originally a train depot founded in the mid-1860’s. It soon developed a general store, stockyards, and a post office. Like many rural areas, it was quiet and peaceful. Who would have thought that an event would take place there would forever mar that peaceful landscape? Edward Crampton was … Continue reading Murder in a Small Town
. Hello, all. I wanted to write something really cool about the end of the year. Something all meaningful that will make you look back on 2016 and say, “Wow! I feel really good about life. I’m going to go out and wave the preservationist banner and save some stuff!” Unfortunately for me, 2016 … Continue reading Why Bad Events Can Lead to Good Things