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Bluff Road

It has been two months since I posted anything. 

Instead I have been exploring Illinois’ American Bottom, the vast Mississippi River floodplain between the mouth of the Missouri River and the mouth of the Kaskaskia River. I am writing a ecological tour of the floodplain for the bikers and drivers who travel Bluff Road, which runs along the base of the bluff. 

 

The American Bottom is a vast Mississippi River floodplain and some of the richest agricultural land in the country.

The American Bottom is a vast Mississippi River floodplain and some of the richest agricultural land in the country.

The Bluff Road tour will be the first offered on a new website I call Two Tank Tours, a series of ecological and historical tours tied to major Midwestern cities. The Bluff Road tour will be tied to St. Louis. 

The Bluff Road tour will cover the Mississippian Indian mounds near Dupo, Illinois, the sloughs that run through the bottomland, the springs that flow from the bluff, the remnants of bottomland forest that have survived, the clifftop prairies that are being restored, a side channel of the Mississippi, and the ancient overhanging rock shelters used by humans 8,000 years ago and still used by American Bottom farmers to protect their rolls of hay from the elements.

I use photographs to introduce each place and captions to describe it and give some of its history. I have added maps where necessary. 

The cost of each tour will be $7. You can order the tour by email at qs@quintascott.com.

I do hope it does not take as long to get this site up as it has taken me to get around to writing a new post.

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