#TBT: River History Found in all Sorts of Places
It probably shouldn’t be surprising, but it is, how many places the Mississippi River’s history shows up. The fantastic, and fun, Open Parks Network site contains over 200,000 images of items relating to the nation’s over 400 national park units. OF COURSE they would have great Mississippi River materials on the site!
Actually, not so much, at least coming from a simple “Mississippi River” keyword search. Of course, there are many other ways to search for river-related items, but I just thought I would share one thing I did find. Here’s an image that is part of the collections of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
The power dam and lock at Keokuk Iowa was a nationally-significant power development when it went online right before World War 1. It’s hardly surprising that Sandburg would have had this image in his files. What stories about the river and its people does this image elicit? What questions can we ask of it that inform how we think about the river now, a century later?