Early River charts sold Whiskey to Mariners

Early River charts sold Whiskey to Mariners

Back in the year 1858, days when cotton ruled the trade on the mighty Mississippi a smart man named Colton listening to mariners in a bar had a great ideal. He over and over while drinking Whiskey found out many Captains had trouble finding out the exact farms to land your steamboats to load cargo. This man also owned a pottery shop using the areas clay to make jugs and crocks for the locals. He rushed to his shop and started a new Whiskey jug line with his friends Norman’s farm map of the Lower Mississippi etched on every jug. The jugs were an instant hit until the Civil War just a few years later forced the jug maker to focus on other goods. Today the jugs are rare to find and highly prized by collectors.

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