Back On The Mississippi is quite a trip.
The 60-minute program follows the route of the 1854 Grand Excursion, an almost-forgotten riverboat ride that was instrumental in "settling" the land west of the Mississippi River.
The Grand Excursion was a major event. It was also a big, rollicking party that included everyone from hundreds of common folk, to dozens of newspaper editors from around the world, even a former President of the United States.
Back On The Mississippi follows the same path, from the Quad Cities to the Twin Cities -- but on the shores, not the water. These days, we have roads to travel. And they lead to interesting places and things you would like to see and learn about, but probably haven't. Until now.
It's a tour of discovery, alike in spirit to the one taken a century and a half ago. Across the country, viewers of PBS affiliates are responding with high ratings ... and a chorus of responses like "I didn't know that!" and "Wow, that's cool!"
The back roads are the best roads.
Click the buttons on the left for more information on the show, its contents, and ongoing updates as we move along the greatest river in the western world.
Not sure when Back On The Mississippi will be broadcast in your area? Call your local PBS affiliate for more info.
*KSMQ (Austin, MN)
*KAWE Lakeland Public Television (Bemidji, MN)
*WDSE (Duluth, MN)
*South Dakota Public Television (entire state of South Dakota)
*KCET (Greater Saint Louis area)
*WKNO (Memphis, TN)
*WSIU (Carbondale, IL)
*Ozarks Public Telecommunications (Springfield, MO)
*KUFM (Bozeman, MT)
*WXXI (Rochester, NY)
*KTNW (Vantage & Beverly, WA serving southern Washington & northern Oregon)
*KNMU (Marquette, MI serving the U.P. & NE Wisconsin)
*WGVU (Grand Rapids, MI)
*WNMU (Marquette, MI serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan & northern Wisconsin)
*KNTP (Nashville, TN serving mid Tennessee and southern Kentucky)