In April of 1877, Dandy Jim Buckley was put off the Far West on the sand bar for cheating at poker by Captain Grant Marsh. Later that night, Bret Maverick was thrown overboard from the Dakota Queen by Battling Kreuger. Bret swam to the sand bar to find Buckley marooned there. Since Buckley could not swim, Bret had to swim them both to the Iowa bank.
A great flooding of the river in April of 1881 changed the course of the river. Today, when the water is high, it flows through a side channel, creating a large island.
SOURCE REFERENCES (September 2007)
01. Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project: Winnebago Bend, IA (September 2007); US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
02. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails
03. Maverick, Stampede (1957), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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