Pat Middleton is a freelance writer,
publisher, and lecturer living along the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin. She
is recognized regionally and nationally as a premier resource for Mississipp River
heritage, natural history, and travel information. Her comprehensive travel series, Discover! America's Great River Road,
and Internet magazine at greatriver.com
offer diverse information, riverlore, and Travel Insight Features that provide a
concise overview of this uniquely American region.
Pat is a frequent contributor to Heartland
Boating Magazine. She has also written for Wisconsin Natural Resources, Wisconsin
West, and the Chicago Tribune. She frequently is a guest lecturer aboard the
great cruising steamboats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. Pat has been a guest
several times with Jean Ferraca and Larry Mueller of Wisconsin Public Radio, on KTTC in
St. Louis and on WCCO in MPLS. She speaks throughout the Midwest
to educators, writers, school children, historians, and travel groups about her craft and
the great Mississippi River; its heritage and natural history.
"The beauty of the Great River Road lies in traveling slowly; stopping to absorb
the view, visiting a fish market, chatting with locals at the cafe. It is our Rhine River,
an Everglades of the north with a national treasure of eagles, wildlife, and migrating
waterfowl. It is "Little Italy," Norwegian spoken in the street, and elegant
"It is my hope that this book will cause you to pause for a moment to enjoy an
area bounded by, nurtured by, and challenged by a great river. For in the end--whether
Indian, fur trader, adventurer or farmer--we are all travelers. Only the bluffs and the
river are here to stay."
Through her publications and website,
Middleton strives to provide a thorough description of the attractions and adventures
waiting along the Great River Road. She has traveled extensively around the word, and
taught in both Australia and the United States. Although Middleton maintains an active
career as an author, publisher, and webmaster, she takes every opportunity to view the
beauty of the Mississippi River as it meanders just a mile beyond her kitchen window.
If you would enjoy "steamboatin'" with Pat, contact the Entertainment Division at the Delta Queen Steamboat Company for specific dates when Pat will ride.
What might Mark Twain have made of the World
Wide Web? That we can only guess at, but modern-day river buffs can make contact with
river author, Pat Middleton, at the Mississippi River Home
Page at greatriver.com. The site provides a wealth of
Mississippi River travel and educational resources in the form of interviews, time lines
and feature stories.
In addition to wearing a webmaster and Internet publishing
hat, Middleton dons that of author also. Her acclaimed three-volume Mississippi River
travel guide series, Discover! America's Great River Road,
has been the most requested guide to heritage and natural history along the Mississippi
River for the past ten years.
Volume 1 explores the scenic Upper Mississippi
from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Dubuque, Iowa. Volume 2 extends the journey
through the Middle Mississippi regions of Illinois, Iowa, and
Missouri. Volume 3 guides the traveler through the historic Lower Mississippi from St. Louis, Missouri, to Memphis, Tennessee.
All three guides are currently available for $13.95 from many book stores or direct from
the publisher, Heritage Press.
For order information, please
or phone Heritage Press toll free at 888-255-7726.
Middleton has also published an interactive workbook for children. The
Mississippi River Activity Guide designed for children in grades 3
through 5 offers learning and entertainment through travel puzzels, mazes, games and river
facts. The Activity Guide is used in schools around the nation. The Teacher
Edition includes a classroom guide that correlates the information in the related
Discover! Guides to the material in the