Copies of a new book about life along the Mississippi River, produced by three Quad-City Times journalists, arrived Thursday at the Davenport-based daily newspaper. 

"The Great River: 400 miles of the Mississippi" is available for purchase and pickup at the front desk of the Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Customers also may order the book online at It costs $29.99, plus $6.95 for shipping. 

The 152-page coffee table book documents the journeys of photographers Kevin Schmidt and Andy Abeyta and reporter Jack Cullen. This summer, the trio explored a 400-mile stretch of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, spanning the entire eastern border of Iowa and neighboring towns in southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. 

Kevin Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES
A view of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers at Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, Wisconsin, featured in "The Great River: 400 miles of the Mississippi."

They interviewed riverboat captains, bird researchers, commercial fishermen and fisherwomen, artists, campground hosts and many others drawn to the river for various reasons and driven to maintain their connection.

The Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored the book, which features 10 stories written by Cullen and 248 photos captured by Schmidt and Abeyta. In total, the duo shot 881 photos. The book also will be sold at the bureau's two visitor centers: RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport; Bass Street Landing, 1601 River Drive, Moline.

To see stories and photos from the project, go to