European Settlers came to the central Illinois River basin early in the 1800s, as the state was settled from the south to the north. A majority of pioneers arrived by boat, traveling up the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers from the south and east.
Many became farmers, and others made a living off the river forming settlements in a number of small towns along the river. This section of Harvesting the River relates how the river towns of Liverpool, Havana, Bath, Browning, Beardstown, and Meredosia were founded and developed. The stories are told through video clips, oral interviews on audio clips, vintage photographs of the towns, and archival records.