The Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga: 01/03/17
The Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga by Walter Havighurst is the second of the Rivers of America series. Rather than starting with the biggest, most impressive, and best known part of the Mississippi, the series choses to go with the top half of the river, the part that runs from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to Cairo, Illinois.
The Upper Mississippi I know far less about than I do the Lower Mississippi, beyond the exploratory parts I learned about in Down the Great River by Willard W. Glazier, which I read as a freshman in college.
Walter Havighurt's book focuses on the Norwegian settlers' experience. There's still a large portion of fictional reconstructions of life along the river and plains around it. Nonetheless, the Norse experience was still fascinating.