Hidden History of Clinton, Iowa

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Two things people frequently say about Clinton are that it was the lumber capital of the world and home to the most millionaires per capita. While those interesting nuggets are not exactly true, there are plenty of fascinating facts about the city. Learn why Clinton could easily be known as a holiday town if not overshadowed by the meetings and parties of America’s lumber kings. See what life was like guiding an acre-long log raft down the Mississippi. Enter the century-long debate on the location of the Big Tree. And find out how Clinton fed the world. Matt Parbs, director of the Sawmill Museum, unearths Clinton’s past from the weight of myth and details its hidden history.
ISBN: 9781467144841
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Iowa
Series: Hidden History
Images: 59
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Matthew Parbs’s first interaction with history was Honest Abe. Graduating from University of Illinois–Springfield with a history degree and teaching degree, Matt envisioned being a high school teacher. During the summer after graduation, a professor convinced him to go to a career fair, where Matt met representatives of the Red Cross. Convinced to volunteer but feeling deficient in the science behind storms, Matt walked into the National Museum of Land Surveying to see science at work on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. That turned into his first job in the museum world. At the Red Cross, Matt met his future wife. In March 2013, Matt started at the Sawmill Museum in Clinton, Iowa. Matt’s been secretary of Kiwanis for six years.
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