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Historic Waterways

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(4 Sterne; 10 Bewertungen)

Historic Waterways, Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing down the Rock, Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.
This volume is the record of six hundred miles of canoeing experiences on historic waterways in Wisconsin and Illinois during the summer of 1887. There has been no attempt at exaggeration, to color its homely incidents, or to picture charms where none exist. It is intended to be a simple, truthful narrative of what was seen and done upon a series of novel outings through the heart of the Northwest. If it may induce others to undertake similar excursions, and thus increase the little navy of healthy and self-satisfied canoeists, the object of the publication will have been attained. (Summary from Frontspiece) (6 hr 8 min)


00 - Preface


Read by Linda Fredericks

01 - Introduction


Read by Mary Schneider

02 - Table of Distances


Read by David Lawrence

03 - The Rock River, CHAPTER I. The Winding Yahara


Read by Pamela Krantz

04 - The Rock River, CHAPTER II. Barbed-Wire Fences


Read by Pamela Krantz

05 - The Rock River, CHAPTER III. An Illinois Prairie Home


Read by Pamela Krantz

06 - The Rock River, CHAPTER IV. The Half-Way House


Read by Pamela Krantz

07 - The Rock River, CHAPTER V. Grand Detour Folks


Read by Sue Anderson

08 - The Rock River, CHAPTER VI. An Ancient Mariner


Read by Jonathan Moore

09 - The Rock River, CHAPTER VII. Storm-Bound at Erie


Read by Jonathan Moore

10 - The Rock River, CHAPTER VIII. The Last Day Out


Read by Jonathan Moore

11 - The Fox River (of Green Bay), FIRST LETTER. Smith's Island


Read by Linda Fredericks

12 - The Fox River (of Green Bay), SECOND LETTER. From Packwaukee to Berlin


Read by Linda Fredericks

13 - The Fox River (of Green Bay), THIRD LETTER. The Mascoutins


Read by Linda Fredericks

14 - The Fox River (of Green Bay), FOURTH LETTER. The Land of the Winnebagoes


Read by A. J. Carroll

15 - The Fox River (of Green Bay), FIFTH LETTER. Locked Through


Read by Becky Cook

16 - The Fox River (of Green Bay), SIXTH LETTER. The Bay Settlement


Read by Becky Cook

17 - The Wisconsin River, CHAPTER I. Alone in the Wilderness


Read by Bill Mosley

18 - The Wisconsin River, CHAPTER II. The Last of the Sacs


Read by Bill Mosley

19 - The Wisconsin River, CHAPTER III. A Panoramic View


Read by Bill Mosley

20 - The Wisconsin River, CHAPTER IV. Floating Through Fairyland


Read by Bill Mosley


(3,5 Sterne)

Interesting stories about the changing histories of riverside hamlets and towns in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The account took place in the 1890s when traveling by river had been replaced by trains. It was interesting in light of our modern travel in rural areas which is nearly exclusively made by individual cars now. Cars replaced rural bus routes, which replaced inter urban trolleys and trains. Today, the rivers are enjoyed by kayakers, canoeists and people in float tubes. The old rail lines, that killed commercial transport by boat on those rivers, have themselves been torn up for “rails-to-trails” for biking and jogging. The recording uses several different readers -with some readers better than others.

Much Enjoyed

(3 Sterne)

This was a great book, and the only reason I have given it three stars is because I disliked a few of the narrators. However, the rest of the narrators were terrific, and I appreciated their steady, well paced reading. As for the book itself, the author had a wonderful way of making me feel like I was in the canoe with him, experiencing his journeys as a fellow traveller. It's a very simple book really, but with the exception of a section on a massacre of Indians, it put me to sleep each night with pleasant thoughts.

(3 Sterne)

Although it's an interesting book I can't say it compares favorably with other canoeing books like, "An Inland Voyage" or, "A Thousand Milies in a Rob Roy Canoe". The style is somewhat plain and the author's habit of belittling many of the people and places he encounters was off putting to me. Still it is an interesting look into this time and place. I thought the narration was pretty good all in all, and I enjoyed the listen.