We learned this year that the hotel, in the first three pictures of this series,
was purchased several years ago by a local business man who had the idea to
restore the hotel to its original glory. Every time we visit the island,
we like to see how far he has gotten. This year, it looks like all of the
windows have been replaced, the structure on the roof has been completely
rebuilt, and the front of the hotel has new doors. Apparently when we were
there this year, one of the local schools was getting ready to have their prom
in the hotel.
In the last three photos, you can see how high the Mississippi River has risen this
year. Apparently, the water was a few feet higher just a few days earlier.
The water has just barely dropped below the sidewalk level and there hasn't been
enough time to remove the mud that collected. In the last two pictures,
you can see the difference in river level. The one on the left is this
year, and the one on the right is from 2010.