by Jessica Waytenick • December 12, 2017

Quad Cities – A new book about life along the Mississippi River, "The Great River: 400 miles of the Mississippi", is now available. 

The 152-page coffee table book documents the journeys of Quad-City Times photographers Kevin Schmidt and Andy Abeyta, and reporter Jack Cullen.  This summer, the trio explored a 400-mile stretch of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, spanning the entire eastern border of Iowa and neighboring towns in southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. 

They interviewed riverboat captains, bird researchers, commercial fishermen and fisherwomen, artists, campground hosts, and many others drawn to the river for various reasons and driven to maintain their connection.

“I am hopeful the new book “The Great River” will give us pause to consider just how important and magnificent the Mississippi River is to our communities and to our way of life,” says Joe Taylor, president/CEO, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored the book, which features stories written by Cullen and 248 photos captured by Schmidt and Abeyta.  The book is available for purchase and pickup at the bureau's two visitor centers: RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport; Bass Street Landing, 1601 River Drive, Moline, or online at

The new book will also be sold by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Book Rack, 4764 Elmore Avenue, Davenport.  Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 21 and 22, 2017.  Additional Mississippi River travel information will also be available.

Media Contacts: Joe Taylor – Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, 309-736-6820

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