Mapping the Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

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Mapping my home territory

  • 12” x 24”
  • Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, .5” birch cradle
  • In the collection of T/LB

Here is a map of the territory I cross often, cruising from Kansas to northeast Missouri and Illinois. Technically, I could take a boat to all my haunts. Having walked and biked a bit along the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, floating is appealing. But going against the current on the Mississippi River, watching for river traffic and running headlong into floating debris, is a different story. That’s where guides are nice. The Kansas River has a rare, official Riverkeeper, who protects and teaches about the river. And you can also kayak with them. The organization is called Friends of the Kaw.

A list of places marked on this map painting are:
In Kansas: Lake Perry, Clinton Lake, Lawrence, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Kansas City, Kansas River, Leavenworth, Lansing and Atchison.

In Missouri: Canton, LaGrange, Palmyra, West Ely, Hassard, Monroe City, Indian Creek (Swinkey), Moberly, Kansas City, Ft. Osage, Arrow Rock, Boonville, Columbia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Weldon Springs, St. Louis, Clarksville, Louisiana, Hannibal. Blue Bell Farm lies between and a bit north of Boonville and Rocheport, where the owners of this painting are to be married.

In Illinois: Quincy. Alton

In Iowa: Keokuk

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