Part history book, part travel book, part natural science and a whole lot of wonderful reminiscences of a place he came to love, John Madson eloquently recounts his years on The Father of Waters. That mighty river which flows from its orgin in northern Minnesota all the way to the Gulf. And more specifically that portion which ends near St. Louis. The Upper Mississippi is encompassed within a broad and beautiful valley created at the end of the last ice age....
And what a story it is populated with all sorts of interesting people and places. I grew up on the bluffs lying above the river overlooking the city of St. Paul. Down below were the tracks of several major railroads heading east and west. an airport and many barges busily moving up and down the river. Much later, when I had to give up fly fishing in the southeast (Bluff County) portion of the State, there was a boat in which I spent many happy hours fishing the river and its myriad backwaters.
Madsons stories can draw you into a great place whether you are familiar with it or not. A place in the past and the present full of enjoyment and wonder.
Troutbirder and sons prepare to jump over the Mississippi at iconic Lake Itasca where the Mississippi begins to wind it way to the sea.