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The Caveman of Stubbs Eddy

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The treacherous 14-mile long Rock Island Rapids, from LeClaire to the Village of East Davenport, suppressed steamboat travel on the Upper Mississippi for a quarter of a century. The earliest travelers to cross it were fascinated by the geological anomalies found along its banks-“rainbow waterfalls,” artesian springs spouting into the air, 15-40-ft. high rock cliffs along its riverbanks and a  100-foot deep cave which the Indians believed was inhabited by the enchanted spirit of the “Great White Swan.” Holding court over all was the greatest curiosity of all, the enteric and irascible Captain James R. Stubbs-the caveman of “Stubbs Eddy.”
Join us as we sit on 3-legged milk stools under the stars in front of philosopher and astronomer Captain Stubb’s cave home on the Village riverbank; hurtle down miles of rapids with the “Sons of Perdition’ on an untethered log raft; and count off the seconds between frantic spins of the Captain’s wheel as the first steamboat climbs the notorious boat-eating rapids-part - - a gift of the ice age known today as the  “Mississippi Trench,” the youngest and narrowest stretch of the Mississippi River Valley. (Includes Lunch)


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

The Outing Club

Karen Anderson 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/9/2019 - 5/9/2019 Weekly - Thu 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Davenport, The Outing Club  Map, Room: Site Karen Anderson