||Rediscover a way of life that has almost disappeared. See
how fishermen harvested fish with nets and traps. Hear how pearl
buttons were made from mussel shells. Watch townspeople harvest
natural ice from lakes. Get a glimpse of duck hunts and fishing
trips in vintage photographs from the days when there was no limit on
||Hear Illinois River residents describe their early
boating adventures on steamboats, packet boats, and duck-hunting
boats. Examine artifacts of the first railroads in Illinois. Trace
the routes of three plank roads from the mid-nineteenth century.
Learn through archival photographs, survey reports, objects, and
artworks how transportation developed in central Illinois.
||Learn how river towns from Liverpool to Meredosia were
settled and developed. Listen to the residents describe their
lives, and how they relied on the river and its bounty. See how the
river and the towns changed through time, as industries rose and
fell like the flood waters.
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