In the Footsteps of Kate Shelley

Hosts Gina McAndrews and Susan Franzen take to road trip to "walk in the footsteps of Kate Shelley" in sites on Honey Creek, the Shelley Farm, and Moingona to help imagine the dramatic events of July 8, 1881, when Kate Shelley, a teenage girl, braved a driving storm to crawl across the railroad bridge spanning the flooded Des Moines River to warn the station master at Moingona that a railroad bridge on Honey Creek was washed out.



  • Misty McNally, author of Kate Shelley: Heroine of the High Bridge
  • Pam Schwartz, executive director of the Boone County Historical Center
  • Joseph Reutter, owner of the enchanted Valley Tree Farm

Originally broadcast 05/16/2014
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