Author aims book at people, places along the Missouri River

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ATCHISON, Kan. – Dr. Larry Campbell came to Atchison a year ago this week, open to discovery. What he found exceeded his expectations.While soaking in the local history, he ran across the name E.H. Norton, one of a group of co-founders of the river city.This jumped out at him. Norton was his great-great grandfather.

“That was an incredibly personal surprise,” Campbell told a group here Thursday.Campbell came to Atchison to speak to the Rotary Club and hold a signing for “Rollin’ Down the River,” his recently released book.The first-time author based the book on a drive he took last summer from the source of the Missouri River in Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi River near St. Louis. The river cuts a 2,341-mile path across the nation’s midsection.A Branson resident, he embarked on the trip referring to his 2013 Mazda — nicknamed “The Blue Goose” — as his only traveling companion. But that misses the mark, he says now.“It was a physical journey, but I say in the book I sometimes felt that the Missouri River was there just as an excuse to meet all these wonderful people,” Campbell said. “I feel like I …


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