Four Madison Teenagers Paddle the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Rock Rivers

Log Book, 1903.

This small journal of about 100 pages was kept by Preston Reynolds during a canoe trip he made with three other Madison, Wis., teenagers in August 1903. The trip began in what is now Wisconsin Dells and proceeded down the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi as far as Rock Island, Ill., and then started up the Rock River. Although the boys intended to continue up the Rock and Yahara Rivers to Madison, they gave up and completed the trip by train from Coloma, Ill. Reynold's companions were Rolf Anderson, Herbert Fowler, and Sidney Jackson (later a founder of the Jackson Clinic in Madison). In addition to amusing descriptions of their adventures, Reynolds illustrated the volume with many pen and ink and wash drawings. Much of the log book is printed in "Observations on the Log Book of Preston Reynolds," by Marguerite Helmers in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, volume 91, number 4 (summer 2008), pages 40-53 and a few of the pen and ink illustrations are available at Wisconsin Historical Images.

Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Travel and Tourism
Creator: Reynolds, Preston, b. 1884
Pub Data: Digitized from the original manuscript in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call Number SC 1167
Citation: Reynolds, Preston. Log Book, 1903 (Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, SC 1167). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 5/26/2018